Mum's legacy - Christine Dale
Mum was first diagnosed with breast cancer about 6 years ago and she had been fighting the disease on and off since then.
Mum had a mastectomy and some of her lymph nodes removed. This was successful at the time and they were confident that everything had been removed.
However, while on holiday in India, mum found a lump under her arm, which was later confirmed that the cancer had returned. It had gone to her lungs. Mum underwent chemotherapy, and later on she had radiation to treat tumors in the brain. But the cancer had also spread to the bone in her shoulder.
Sadly mum went down very quickly, the cancer was just too virulent and although the radiation to the tumors in her brain had helped the recent chemo didn't do anything.
This is one of the reasons I want to help raise funds towards Breast Cancer Research. To help find a cure that may have helped mum.
The second reason is because of the work mum had been doing herself as a Physiotherapist treating Lymphoedema.
Lymphoedema primarily affects those with Breast Cancer.
Isn't it ironic, mum spent the majority of her career helping those with the disease that she would sadly pass from.
Frances, one of mum close colleagues and friends spoke at mums funeral and many people didn't realise the extent of mums contribution to Lymphoedema management. These are a few excerpts from her speech...
"in 1990, Chris completed her lymphoedema(LO) training becoming Hobart’s first LO therapist trained in the Castley-Smith technique, which at the time was the only training system for LO management in Australia. She was instrumental in further developing the LO services at the Royal Hobart Hospital..."
"Chris was extremely proactive in improving Lymphoedema awareness amongst Hobart’s medical professionals. She provided education sessions for breast surgeons, GP’s, community nurses, oncologists, staff at the Holman clinic and of course physiotherapists. She also liaised closely with our wonderful breast care nurses. It was not long before she was a well known and respected name in the Hobart medical world..."
"Chris formally retired from physiotherapy June last year and has left a large gap not only in the management of LO in Hobart, but in the physiotherapy world.....Succession planning for Chris has so far not been overly successful. She had tried over the years to encourage other young therapists to undertake the LO training, but with limited success. Chris truly cared for her patients and ensuring that they received the best management possible was very important to her and I know it troubled her greatly that there are still so few therapists working in this area"
To this extent, even though she had officially retired in June, mum continued to treat patients until December last year. Even while she was undergoing treatment she continued to see patients, as she wanted to ensure her patients were looked after.
So this is my main drive, while mum can no longer help, I want to keep her legacy alive by making my contribution and helping to raise awareness about both breast cancer and Lymphoedema.
My Pink Ribbon Breakfast for Mum
This year I am hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast because I want to make a real difference to Australians affected by breast cancer. All donations made to this page will help do exactly that.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public.
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