Breast Cancer survivor, Carol, feels supported and connected through CCLHD’s CoastCanCare wellness program

Breast cancer survivor Carol, of Umina Beach says CoastCanCare has helped her through one of the hardest times of her life.

“I started doing one of their exercise classes with the goal to just regain my fitness as quickly as possible after treatment and from there I met some lovely people and got into tai chi and meditation and art therapy,” she said.

“CoastCanCare has got me back to work, it’s got me motivated and thinking positively.”

Carol said the emotional support provided by CoastCanCare was invaluable to her.

“It’s been essential for me as I went through my diagnosis and treatment alone as I didn’t have family close by so CoastCanCare offered that support,” she said.

“You have a medical team to take care of your body but CoastCanCare takes care of your mind.”

Carol said she has made some great companions through CoastCanCare.

“Everybody there knows the horror of diagnosis, the horror of treatment and difficulty thinking about the future – but we don’t talk about that. We are all there for each other and have an unspoken support for each other,” she said.

“It sounds like a miserable group of people being a support program for people living with cancer – but it is quite the opposite. Nobody is miserable. We are out getting along and having a good time.

“Cancer isn’t fun but CoastCanCare is about coming together and having fun. I truly would have been lost without it.”


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