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Celebrating 20 years of breast cancer support in Doncaster

Sue Storey (r) a founder member of the Doncaster Life After Breast Cancer Support Group with Deborah Whitehead, breast care nurse and a founder member at the 20th anniversary of the group. Picture: Andrew Roe

Sue Storey (r) a founder member of the Doncaster Life After Breast Cancer Support Group with Deborah Whitehead, breast care nurse and a founder member at the 20th anniversary of the group. Picture: Andrew Roe

It may not be the club everyone would want to join given the drastic entry requirements.

But Doncaster Life After Breast Cancer Support Group had plenty to celebrate this week as it notched up 20 years of helping women who have been hit by the illness.

The group, which has supported hundreds of women over the years, met up at Club 39 on College Road to mark the event and for members to see familiar faces.

Group founder Sue Storey said: “The party was a great success.

“I think it is amazing that the group is still here after 20 years. We’ve done many things over the years, and hopefully will continue to do so. I’m so proud that it’s still here.”

Sue had her operation 23 years ago, and says she and others like her are pleased to be able to help women who are recently diagnosed.

She said: “We have a lot of ladies who had their operations a long time ago, who are able to give great support.

“When you have just been diagnosed you think it’s the end of the world, but we help them realise that it is not.”

Among the achievements of the group have been managing to raise £11,000 for medical equipment at St John’s Hospice, in Balby.

Sue, now 66, not only watched her mum fight breast cancer but her only daughter too.

This month she is marking 23 years of being clear.

She was 43 years old when she was diagnosed but, back then, there was no support group. So a few years after her surgery, Sue spoke to two breast cancer nurses about setting one up.

In turn, they consulted patients and the first meeting attracted around a dozen women, proving there was a real need.

News of the group spread and more women arrived. During the past 20 years, the group has held meetings at several locations but today it gathers in a room just a stone’s throw from the Jasmine Centre at DRI.

n Doncaster Life after Breast Cancer Support Group meets every first working Monday of the month at DRI. For more info email annkerrison989@btinternet.com

 

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