Brave mum survives cancer
BREAST cancer survivor Jacinta Smith is tickled pink to be cancer-free.
The Tweed mother of two was told she was cancer-free two weeks ago, after being diagnosed in May 2009 at the age of 32.
“My son Connor had just turned four the week before I found out, and Bayden was just seven months old,” Mrs Smith said.
“I was breast feeding at the time and that’s how I discovered it.”
Mrs Smith said she was lucky to have a GP who sent her for testing immediately.
“They kept saying I was too young to have breast cancer, but that I should get tested anyway,” Mrs Smith said.
“I then went through 16 months of treatment. I had 15 sessions of chemotherapy and then I went into a trial program.”
Mrs Smith said age is not a factor when it came to breast cancer.
“Age does not matter and young women should be aware of breast cancer,” she said.
Mrs Smith said she was grateful for the support of her family and friends.
“They were amazing; I could not have gotten through this without them,” Mrs Smith said.
The survivor is now urging Tweed residents to get involved in breast cancer awareness.
More than 100 Pink Lady silhouettes will be on display at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on October 23 in a show of support for women and families affected by breast cancer.
Organiser Jane Kelly, Breast Care co-ordinator of Tweed Community Health, said each time a woman was diagnosed the community was affected.
“Supporting women and families affected by breast cancer is an important issue locally,” she said.
The Mini-Field of Women event supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia will be held on October 23