Like many of the 17,000 Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer each year, Carol Boulous had no family history or issues she was concerned about when she went for her regular mammogram in 2016.
The healthy and active Northmead grandmother was shocked to be diagnosed with the disease at the age of 67.
Carol is the keynote speaker at the 18th annual Westmead Breast Cancer Institute (BCI) breakfast and will share her personal story of survival and determination.
“You’ve just got to live every day. I will not let cancer interrupt my future,” Carol said.
“My message to other women is you will get through this journey. Don’t let it take over and you’ll get there!”
Westmead BCI director Associate Professor Nirmala Pathmanathan said there are many women like Carol who take good care of themselves, live well and still get breast cancer.
“We all live such busy lives and it’s important for women to take time out to care for themselves, as well as their loved ones,” Nirmala said.
“Carol is an example for women that you can survive breast cancer. Sure the mammogram may be a little uncomfortable for some women, but ultimately it could save your life.”
Carol continues to have regular mammograms and acknowledges the support from the BCI Breast Friends Support Group – which is led by a breast cancer nurse – as well as her family.
She encourages women to join her for the breakfast and support the breast cancer cause.
The 18th annual breakfast is supported by the Nepean Art & Design Centre and will be held at the Waterview Restaurant, on the grounds of Bicentennial Park, Olympic Park on Saturday 26 October, 2019 at 8.30am. Everyone is welcome.
The breakfast menu consists of selected pastries, hot breakfast, fruit and a selection of beverages including tea and coffee. Vegetarian and special dietary requirements are available.
Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased by visiting https://www.trybooking.com/BEBVA or 8890 8458.
October is breast cancer awareness month, this provides us with an opportunity for all of us to focus on breast cancer and it impact on those affected by the disease in our community.