ANITA'S STORY


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Anita found Cancer Council Queensland’s support services to be invaluable, especially the free wig and turban service, while she was going through breast cancer treatment.

She said that knowing this service was available and so easily accessible helped her mentally prepare for losing her hair while going through chemotherapy.

‘It was a real joy being able to try on as many wigs as I like in a private room.  There was no time pressure, so I could try on many different colours and lengths until I found a wig that I thought suited me best and made me feel comfortable,’ said Anita.

‘It was a real joy being able to try on as many wigs as I like in a private room.  There was no time pressure, so I could try on many different colours and lengths until I found a wig that I thought suited me best and made me feel comfortable,’ said Anita.


‘I was astounded by the selection of wigs and turbans available and was extremely impressed by the dedication of the volunteers.  It was a positive experience and made something as terrible as losing your hair so much easier to deal with.’

Anita’s cancer treatment ended up being quite complicated.  After an initial lumpectomy was unsuccessful, she then had 25 courses of radiation.  The next step was a gruelling 10-hour operation to have a skin sparing mastectomy on the right breast with Tram flap reconstruction.

After a long hospital stay, thankfully the pathology on the removed breast showed no evidence of cancer detected.

However, not long afterwards she suffered heart failure, chemotherapy induced cardiomyopathy and had blood clots on her lungs and heart!  Anita slowly recovered after another long hospital stay and life finally returned to ‘some normality’ and she has even commenced back to work.

‘Cancer Council Queensland has been an invaluable resource to me throughout my journey.  The wig and turban service gave me so much confidence.  I also utilised the nurse counselling and psychologist service.  Along the way I’ve accessed a huge amount of information and support from the wonderful caring team at Cancer Council Queensland,’ said Anita.

‘They provide so many resources and totally support you and your family and friends during the entire cancer journey and I am eternally grateful.’

‘It also made me feel far less alone knowing how much support I had, not just from family and friends, but from services offered by Cancer Council Queensland.’ 

‘I just want to say thank you to Cancer Council Queensland employees and volunteers for all their hard work.  And a big thank you to everyone who donates because your money does go to a good cause and the people affected by cancer, and their families truly appreciate it.’ 

We are pleased that Cancer Council Queensland could help ease the burden of cancer for Anita and her family and we wish her all the very best.

Your fundraising will help women like Anita continue to access support services like Cancer Council Queensland's Wig and Turban Service.