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Young women with breast cancer
helping other young women with breast cancer.

Going through breast cancer as a young woman presents many road blocks. One of them has become prevalent and that is financial struggles. Going through treatment is not cheap and causes a lot of distress that we don’t want to be facing while dealing with the threat of death. Unfortunately, it is a reality for most.

We're here to help these strong young ladies through immediate financial relief, provide an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on throughout the the treatment process and beyond.

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22.11.2017

We are here and love you through all of it xoxo

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22.11.2017

You may cry. We did. This is for you xoxo

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20.11.2017

Thought of the week.... Hang in there....and take care to see that you don't lose sight of the one thing that is constant, beautiful and true

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19.11.2017

Thank you AXTON Finance for your continuing support of our charity both hands on and financially. We truly appreciate everything you do for us.

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19.11.2017

We would like to say thank you very much to Justin, Karen, Claire, Rosie and Heather for giving up your time and coming down and helping us at the sausage sizzle yesterday, we truly appreciate it

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18.11.2017

Well the day has arrived and we hope to see you down at Bunnings Keysborough for our sausage sizzle

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17.11.2017

Just a reminder for anyone coming down to help out with our sausage sizzle on Saturday. You must be wearing covered shoes and if you have long hair it must be up. Thank you from the bottom of our...

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15.11.2017

Do you ever feel that you just want your freedom? No more scans, no more appointments, no more feeling like you are living a totally different life, no more tiredness, no more pain. WE do. This is...

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13.11.2017

Thought of the week...... It takes being an active participant in your life. But you are in the driver's seat, and you can determine the direction you want tomorrow to go in

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13.11.2017

Remember our Sausage Sizzle this coming Saturday at Bunnings Keysborough. Come on down buy a sausage or two and say hi.

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KATE - Battler

My name is Kate. I am 43 y.o.


In August 2016 i have been diagnosed with early stage of breast cancer. I knew it might happen to me at some stage as I have...

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Do you ever feel that you just want your freedom? No more scans, no more appointments, no more feeling like you are living a totally different life, no more tiredness, no more pain. WE do. This is normal so remember you are not alone we are here going through it with you #lossoffreedom #youarenotalone #breastcancer #wegetit Remember our Sausage Sizzle this coming Saturday at Bunnings Keysborough. Come on down buy a sausage or two and say hi. #helpoutacharity #sausagesizzle #breastcancer #support #comeandsayhi Nothing else to say #lifeisbeautiful #youwillseethebeautysoon #breastcancer They shall not grow old,so we are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them #11thdayofthe11thmonthat11am #lestweforget #thankyou Just remember to #takesmallsteps #onedayatatime #breastcancer This is to formally let people know that this raffle has been cancelled dye to poor ticket sales. We would like to thank everyone that supported us #helpingacharity #raffle #breastcancer
Young Pink Sisters Charity Sausage Sizzle on the 18th November 2017 at Bunnings Hardware Keysborough starting at 8am. Please come and buy a sausage or 2 and support us #sausagesizzle #helpingacharity #breastcancer Day 31 posting.... Well it is the end of the month but it is not the end of breast cancer, please remember to check you boobies (that includes you men as well). Remember do not take no fir an answer, you know your own body get a second opinion if you are not happy. You are never to young to get breast cancer. WE NEED A CURE FOR CANCER #breastcancerawarenessmonth #youknowyourbody #nevertoyoungtogetbreastcancer #secondopinions #breastcancer #cureforcancer Day 30 posting....just a few poems that you may relate to #breastcancerawarenessmonth #breastcancer #youarenotalone Day 28 posting.....Complementary and alternative therapies.Complementary therapies are a range of approaches to care aimed at enhancing quality of life and improving wellbeing.Complementary therapies may be used alongside conventional treatments such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapies or targeted therapies.
Complementary therapies may include acupuncture, relaxation therapy and meditation, gentle exercise, guided imagery, music or art therapy, massage, aromatherapy, dietary therapies and some support group programs.You may also hear people talk about alternative therapies. These are therapies that are taken instead of conventional approaches to treatment. There’s no evidence to support the use of alternative therapies in the treatment of breast cancer.What complementary therapies are helpful?
There’s evidence that some complementary therapies can improve the wellbeing of people with cancer.For example:
relaxation techniques and guided imagery can reduce feelings of anxiety, stress or depression
exercise can improve feelings of fatigue and distress relaxation techniques, guided imagery, massage and reflexology can relieve pain and some side effects caused by cancer and its treatments.
These therapies are encouraged by health professionals and are part of clinical practice guidelines.Healthy living, including a good diet, exercise within limits, enough sleep and relaxation and effective management of stress is important for everybody.Can complementary therapies be harmful?A number of complementary therapies have not been tested in clinical trials so we do not know how effective they are or what their long-term side effects might be. Some complementary therapies can interact with conventional treatments and make them less effective. Others may actually be harmful if taken with conventional treatments.It’s important for women to talk to their doctor before starting any complementary therapies to check that they won’t interact with conventional treatments.To see full post go to our fb page #breastcancerawarenessmonth #othertherapies #breastcancer We would like to say congratulations and thank you to Andrew Simpson who completed the Melbourne Marathon and raised $3,046 for Young Pink Sisters. Such a great effort and thank you to everyone who supported Andrew. #thankyou #supportingacharity #breastcancer Day 27 posting....Having a social life
With a bit of planning and a few precautions, your social life can still go ahead. You might like to plan a holiday.
Your social life
You might not always be able to do the things you take for granted. But you don\'t need to stop your social life completely. You may just find you need to plan ahead a bit more.
These tips can help:
Get some rest during the day if you\'re going out at night – you\'ll have more energy for the evening.
You can take some anti sickness tablets before you go out for a meal if you think you’ll need them.
Drinking a little alcohol probably won\'t affect most types of chemotherapy – but check with your doctor first.
To avoid getting an infection, always eat freshly cooked food - avoid raw meat, fish, eggs, soft cheese and take away foods.
If you have an important social event coming up, ask your doctor whether they can arrange your chemo so that you’re between treatments that week.
Infections and vaccines
Avoid family or friends who might have infections such as chicken pox. Let your doctor know if you think you’ve been in contact with someone who could have chicken pox.
You should not have any live vaccines while you’re having chemotherapy. It’s safe for you to be around other people who\'ve had live vaccines as injections.
But there can be problems with live vaccines taken by mouth (oral vaccines).This includes the rotavirus vaccine that babies have. You can be infected by the virus for 2 weeks after a baby has had the vaccine. So during this time, be very careful about handwashing and avoid changing nappies if at all possible. Your doctor or chemo nurse can talk to you about this.
Your doctor might advise you and your family to have the seasonal flu vaccine. It is important to have the flu jab before the virus starts to circulate in the population. This is most likely to happen during the winter months.
Talk to your specialist about having the flu jab if you’re in the middle of chemotherapy treatment. Your immune system is weaker, so the vaccine might not work quite so well. Your specialist will tell you the best time to have a flu jab.

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Day 26 posting....Resting during chemo

Rest is very important in one’s life to provide some change to the body .Rest is needed so that the body finds a change from the monotonous routine and recharge itself and get ready for the next day to start working. According to the studies, a normal adult needs about 6-8 hours of sleep and the best time of sleep is from 10pm to 4 am.

Proper rest or sleep is precious so that the body tissues are healed up .Some person gets proper sleep whereas some feels disturbance in their sleep cycle and it’s most commonly found in the cancer patients .Sleep disturbance is normally observed due to the various issues which can be stated as follows:

Hectic Schedule: Hectic schedule from the office and the sedentary lifestyle generates stress for us and due to this one feels anxiety and depression and for the one which is diagnosed with cancer their sleep is mostly affected.
Tumors Formation: formation of tumor results in itching, fever ,nausea, and pain that disturbs sleep .
Side-effects: Due to treatments taken for any disease some of the side-effects are observed and one of them which is mostly observed is insomnia.
Sleep is important during cancer and here it’s why?

Melatonin is produced in the brain while we are sleeping and it have antioxidant properties thus preventing damage to cells causing cancer.
Improper sleep and rest increase the level of stress hormone secretion and decrease in the count of the natural killer cells which help the human body to fight against cancer.
Measures to have proper sleep for cancer patients:- Reduction of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine consumption.
Comfortable mattresses and clothing.
The Increase in consumption of water in daytime and reduction at the time of night.
Avoidance of junk food.
Involving Exercise in your daily routine.
Avoiding extra medicine without doctor’s consultation .
Keeping mind relax most importantly.

Just remember if you do not feel like doing something just say NO and if you feel like taking that nap just DO IT #breastcancerawarenessmonth #restup #sayno #takeanap #breastcancer Post 25....just a few pictures to look at and to think about #breastcancerawarenessmonth #every19seconds #advancedbreastcancer #youdonothavetobestrongallthetime #youareloved #breastcancer Postings 24....Neuropathy caused by chemo

Peripheral Neuropathy Caused by Chemotherapy. Some chemotherapy drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy, a set of symptoms caused by damage to nerves that control the sensations and movements of our arms and legs.

It is usually strongest right after a chemo treatment, but tends to lessen just before the next treatment. The symptoms usually peak about 3-5 months after the last dose of treatment is taken. The abnormal sensations may disappear completely, or lessen only partially (you may have it for a little while or you may have it for the rest of your life); they may also involve less of the body.

There are three types of peripheral nerves: sensory, motor, and autonomic. If damage occurs to sensory nerves, you may feel pain, tingling, or numbness. ... Unfortunately, sometimes the damage is permanent and symptoms do not go away.

Besides medications used to treat conditions associated with peripheral neuropathy, medications used to relieve peripheral neuropathy signs and symptoms include:
Pain relievers. ...
Anti-seizure medications. ...
Topical treatments. ...
Antidepressants.

Once neuropathy has developed, few types can be fully cured, but early intervention can improve outcomes. Peripheral nerve fibres can slowly regenerate if the nerve cell itself is still alive. #breastcancerawarenessmonth #neuropathy #sideeffects #breastcancer Day 23 posting....we are back on the subject no one whats to talk about Advanced Breast Cancer and how you might like to make plans
It can be daunting to organise your personal, financial and legal affairs, collect all the paperwork and make decisions, such as writing your will or choosing the type of funeral you would like. However, getting your affairs in order can bring a sense of relief and can allow you to focus on treatment and living.
Organising your paperwork
It’s helpful to have all of your paperwork up to date and in one place. This will make it easier if a family member has to help you with financial and legal matters.
Important documents to get together might include:
birth, marriage and divorce certificates
bank and credit card information, passwords
investment details (e.g. shares, funds)
Centrelink and Medicare details
superannuation and insurance information
house title/lease documents
loan details (e.g. house, car) 
passport
will
advance care directive
document appointing a substitute decision-maker
funeral information.
Discuss your legal arrangements with your family, and let someone know how to contact your lawyer.
Advance care planning
It can be a good idea to plan for your future medical care, and to discuss your wishes with your family, friends and health care team. This process is called advance care planning, and it can be started at any stage. It enables you to outline your future wishes for health care if you become unable to communicate later.
Advance care planning doesn’t mean that you have given up or will die soon – many people review their wishes from time to time.
As part of your advance care planning, you may appoint a substitute decision-maker or record your wishes in an advance care directive. You can make the advance care documents as simple or as detailed as you like. If you have religious, spiritual or cultural beliefs that may affect your health care decisions, you can record these in your advance care documents. You need to be an adult and have capacity to complete advance care documents.
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Cancer is often described as a journey (personally I don\'t like this word but) that starts at diagnosis. During treatment, some people feel that their life is on hold. After treatment ends, it may be hard to know how to resume normal activities. This can be described as being in limbo.
People may expect life to return to what it was like before the cancer diagnosis. For many people, though, it isn’t that simple. The reality is often more emotionally and physically complex. Some cancer survivors find they can’t or don’t want to go back to how life was before their treatment.
Finding a ‘new normal’
Many people say that cancer changes them. After treatment, they may feel different, even though they look the same. With time, cancer patients often find a new way of living. Many call this a “˜new normal’. It may take months or years to find a “˜new normal’.
Misconceptions about treatment ending
I should be celebrating.
I should feel well.
I should be the person I was before cancer.
I should not need support.
I should feel grateful.
Common concerns
I was looking forward to the treatment ending, so why do I have mixed feelings now?
It’s common for people to feel both excited and anxious when treatment ends. Many say they need time to stop and reflect on what has happened before they can think about the future. This process may mean they re-evaluate and change their values, goals, priorities and outlook on life.
Many people feel a sense of loss for “the person I once was”, “the way things used to be”, and “the things I used to do”.
Some feel they should be happy and full of wisdom because they survived, but instead feel guilty that this isn’t the case.
Some people feel as though they have fought a battle and need time to rest. Others want to return immediately to their previous life.
How you feel and cope will depend on the type of cancer and treatment you had, and what you’re like as a person.
Any long-term side effects from your treatment will also play a big part. Many cancer patients have ongoing health concerns because of the cancer or due to treatment. Full post please go to our fb page #lifeaftertreatment #breastcancer