Survivors share their stories
AN event aimed at sharing the stories of cancer survivors and their families with the community was held at Robina on Saturday.
Hosted by the Gold Coast Health Service District, the cancer survivors' day featured speakers sharing their experience and personal battles with the illness.
Robina Hospital's director of Haematology and Oncology Jeremy Wellwood said the day was a success.
“There were around 100 participants from the community at the event,” Dr Wellwood said.
“There was a mixture of ages from young adults in their early 20s to people in their 80s and a mix of females and males as well.
“This is the second year we have hosted the event and we hope to make it an annual thing.
“The event is about cancer patients and their families and carers sharing stories and coming together.”
Gold Coast City Division 7 Councillor Susie Douglas, who is a breast cancer survivor, was also present for the event to inspire others to never give up the fight.
“We were glad to have her along,” Dr Wellwood said.
“To see someone so high-profile sharing their experi- ence with cancer helps people draw on their own experiences in a positive way.
“It's uncommon to come across a person that hasn't been touched by cancer in some way.
Six cancer survivors and one carer spoke about their experience with cancer.
“By the end of the day people wanted to share their experiences with everyone,” Dr Wellwood said.
“The Robina Hospital expansions include a comprehensive cancer centre with radiation treatment and stem-cell treatment, but we really wanted to work out what the community wanted.
“From the feedback on the day the event was a success.”