I’m sharing the Cancer Council NSW Podcast in collaboration with them.
Those of you who have followed my personal experience with breast cancer will know how I have benefitted from the support of Cancer Council NSW.
They are committed to reducing the impact of cancer on those diagnosed, their families and carers. Cancer Council NSW is the only organisation that works across every area of every cancer. They consult and fund world-class research, help to prevent cancer, support people as they navigate the cancer journey and advocate ensuring that governments take action on cancer.
I’ve both worked for, and volunteered for the organisation many times.
From counselling and education to practical advice and financial support, I was well looked after by Cancer Council NSW during my own journey.
Cancer Council NSW Podcast
Recently, Cancer Council NSW has created an information podcast series – ‘The Thing About Cancer’, for people who have been affected by cancer.
The Cancer Council NSW Podcast Series
The series has been produced to help people who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families and carers. A diagnosis, a treatment plan and the decisions that go along with those things can be overwhelming at times. With this podcast, Cancer Council NSW aim to offer even more support and guidance.
The educational information that Cancer Council NSW already provides is vast. In fact, in my own Oncology waiting room, a whole wall is devoted to their information booklets. They cover topics from coping with a diagnosis, explaining cancer to kids and the physical side effects of cancer and chemotherapy.
These three topics were of particular importance to me, as a busy mother to two small children.
My Experience of Breast Cancer
My children were the first thing I thought of as I was given my diagnosis. The thought of leaving them overwhelmed me. The next thought of possibly passing cancer to them genetically filled me with horror.
I underwent gruelling months of chemotherapy and radiation. It was incredibly tough at times. I was better prepared for what lay ahead by reading up on the Cancer Council NSW website. It gave the chance to prepare myself, and my children, for the changes ahead.
I understood that hair loss and nausea were expected side effects of my treatment. I was less prepared for the unexpected side effects of chemotherapy. Cancer Council NSW’s resources helped educate me on this and give practical ways to manage the effects.
This new podcast, in interview format, features guests with expert knowledge on these topics and many more.
It will be available through a range of digital channels, including iTunes and the Cancer Council NSW website www.cancercouncil.com.au/podcasts/.
After my diagnosis I, like so many others, first took to Google to try and educate myself on what was happening to me. Of course that only resulted in confusion, tears and many sleepless nights.
So many friends advised me to not do this but when you’re scared and grasping for answers, it’s hard to resist. To anyone who is diagnosed in my circle of family and friends, I feel confident now in telling them not to consult Dr Google because I can offer them a better way to educate themselves.
This podcast, along with the library of helpful and practical information that Cancer Council NSW offers, is the place to start when looking for advice.
Find out more about the Cancer Council NSW Podcast
Download the podcast here: www.cancercouncil.com.au/podcasts/ and pass it on to any friends who have been diagnosed with cancer. Or, if anyone they are caring for has.
The Cancer Council NSW Information and support line is 13 11 20 and you can visit their website here.
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Have you checked out the Cancer Council NSW Podcast?