Fighting the good fight

BREAST Cancer survivors Linda Beck and Sharon Bailey have joined with other Whitsunday cancer survivors to establish a cancer support group in the region.

The Whitsunday Cancer Support Group will host its first social gathering at the Airlie Beach Hotel's Capers Restaurant from 3pm on Saturday August 14.

After fighting and surviving breast cancer, Ms Bailey said one of the hardest things was feeling alone throughout her struggle.

“I didn't have anyone, so I felt very alone and isolated,” she said.

“If I had have had someone there it would've made things a lot easier for me.

“It's important to have somebody.

“It's just about letting people know that there is hope and that there's people out there.”

Ms Beck has now been cancer-free for five years.

She also expresses the importance of sharing experiences with others to give them support and encouragement during and after their battle.

“Cancer is like a link,” she said.

“When you have cancer you link with someone else with cancer and that continues the link.

“You can tell someone that is depressed that everything is okay and not as bad as what they think.”

Cancer Council Queensland statistics show that thousands of Queensland men and women are diagnosed with different forms of cancer each year.

The effects of the treatment for cancer, including the emotional effects, can often be very difficult.

Family support is important but nobody knows what you are going through unless they have been there themselves.

With the absence of a formal group in the Whitsundays, this group has now been formed.

The social meetings will give people the opportunity to discuss personal issues with other sufferers and survivors and give them the support they need.

“If you're too scared to talk about it, it doesn't have to be,” Ms Beck said.

“You're not alone.”

Whitsunday Cancer Support Group

WHAT: First afternoon tea

WHEN: 3pm Saturday August 14

WHERE: Capers Restaurant

CONTACT: Sharon Bailey on 0404 027 984 or Linda Beck on 0407 185 748

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