Breast cancer survivor urges: listen to your body
Published at: 04 Oct 2019
WHEN DIANE EDDY NOTICED A CHANGE IN HER BREAST, SHE IMMEDIATELY VISITED HER GP. NOW 12 MONTHS ON FROM HER BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS SHE HAS REFLECTED ON HER JOURNEY.
Shepparton’s Dianne Eddy was told she simply had fatty tissue in her breast after she noticed a change.
Ms Eddy said one side of her breast had started to feel firm, so she booked into a female GP to investigate further.
It was not until she was poked under the arm which resulted in unbearable pain that Ms Eddy insisted on getting a mammogram.
“If someone tells you it’s just fatty tissue do not give up if you think there’s something wrong,” she said.
After receiving her mammogram, Ms Eddy said she was diagnosed with breast cancer the following day.
It is now just over 12 months since she received the life-changing news.
“I got a phone call and I was sitting in this exact same spot,” she said, sitting at her dining table.
As soon as the phone number for the doctor popped up on her screen, Ms Eddy said she just knew.
“They told me to come in and I just knew,” she said.
Due to the size of Ms Eddy’s breast cancer, she then began a lengthy treatment program to reduce its size.
First receiving chemotherapy at GV Health’s Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre, Ms Eddy then had to travel to Melbourne for five weeks to receive radiation.
“We’re really lucky to have the Peter Copulos Centre in Shepparton,” she said.
Fortunately, Ms Eddy also engaged with the Think Pink Foundation during her treatment at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, who provided her with accommodation at its Living Centre.
“I stayed at an apartment for free for five weeks,” she said.
After six weeks of recovery, Ms Eddy said it was then time for her to undergo a mastectomy.
She also received constructive surgery during the same operation.
“They removed the cancer as well as my lymph nodes,” she said.
The eight-hour ordeal saw Ms Eddy’s stomach used as reconstructive tissue for her breast, which she said was nerve-wracking, but fantastic to have the surgery all at the same time.
The entire way through her journey Ms Eddy said she had the full support of GV Health’s breast care nurses Michelle Parish and Melissa Gilmour.
Now 12 months on, Ms Eddy said she still got an injection once a month and took medication.
She thanked all those who had helped her through her journey including the Peter Copulos Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital, the breast care nurses at GV Health and the Think Pink Foundation.
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