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Survivors celebrate life

Tuesday, 25th October, 2011

STORY OF SURVIVAL: Linda Williams, celebrating Pink Ribbon Day yesterday, counts herself lucky. STORY OF SURVIVAL: Linda Williams, celebrating Pink Ribbon Day yesterday, counts herself lucky.

By Kurtis Eichler

Understandably, the biggest fear Linda Williams had upon being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 48 was for her life.

“My first reaction was ‘am I going to die from it?’ and ‘what goes now?’,” the survivor, now 66, recalled.

“I was probably one of the lucky ones. I only had to have chemo and a mastectomy.

“But I’ve been all clear for 16 years.”

The mother of two is one of 12,700 Australians diagnosed each year with the most common form of invasive cancer in women, and planned to celebrate her survival last night at the BH Breast Cancer Support Group’s annual Pink Ribbon Day dinner.

The annual event attracts more than 120 people and raises money for the city’s 26-member-strong coffee group.

“Most of the people that will be here are survivors of breast cancer.

“The money is kept locally and we use it for people who might not be able to fly to Adelaide.”

She said the support on offer now was much better compared to almost 20 years ago.

“(There was) not as much as you can get now. There is a lot more support.”

Whilst the ratios are dropping, one in nine women still face a diagnosis by the age of 85, and 2500 women fall victim to the disease every year.

 

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