‘It’s almost like being dropped in the ocean’: Breast cancer sufferer on crippling disease
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This year, Breast Cancer Network Australia will focus on metastatic breast cancer, which is when the cancer spreads from the breast to other parts of the body.
Elaine George is a mother to two young children who has been diagnosed with metastatic breach cancer.
Last year, Elaine organised a flash mob to raise awareness of the crippling illness, and will do the same this year.
Speaking with Steve Price, she says since her diagnosis, it’s been “a marathon”.
“It takes its toll because treatments are continuously changing so it’s very difficult to, I guess, adapt each time and stay focused and to accept what the situation is.”
She tells Steve the first night after she found out was exhausting.
“To try and process it is monumental.
“The shock of it is just beyond words. I can remember my first question was, ‘How long have I got?’
“It’s almost like being dropped in the ocean with a life float, but the float doesn’t really stay inflated so you just constantly have this feeling of you’re almost sinking.”
Steve’s own daughter-in-law is facing her own battle with breast cancer, and Steve says it really struck him.
“Physically it’s really hard, but mentally, not only on her but her husband and her young child, it made it very difficult for those people as well.”
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You can catch Elaine’s flash mob at 12.30pm, Saturday 29 September at Pitt Street Mall Sydney CBD (the Westfield end).