My story

Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Stage 2, Grade 3. October 2012.

2 operations. Lump removed and nodes.  Clear margins around lump.

Found lump just below 2cms in size.  Early Breast Cancer.  Mother had breast cancer at 55 yo and now in her 70's.

Currently not at work and had Chemotherapy 7 times and about to have Radiation on May 22nd for 6 weeks.  Finishes on July 11th 2013

Hairdresser for 20 years, and  currently - 5 years as a Pharmacy Assistant.

Married for 7 years to Sean .


Nov 2013 Returned to work+ A year of study Dec 2014 Certificate III in Community Pharmacy Completed.  35 hours a week work.  merchandising and sales.  Removing Portal Dec 2014, 2 years since diagnosis.  CANCER FREE.  Not taking any medication.  

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Cancer Free

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Posted by belmckenna on 14 Dec 2014, 09:02AM

Christmas 2014 and it is now 2 years since my diagnosis.  I have just had my infusion port removed and have a chance to face the rest of my life without that constant reminder.  My right armpit is good for that!  Smile.  

We are moving to Annangrove which is North-West Sydney.

I have brushed up my CV and looking for my next place of employment.

Merry Christmas and may those who have been through it, and are Triple Negative - like me live a long life

Best wishes, Bel


Infusion Port Removal

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Posted by belmckenna on 04 Dec 2014, 07:10AM

Hi to all, need to get an updated picture on here quick smart, my hair is long enough to put up now!  I have just finished my first year back since return to work after Cancer treatment.  I have just passed my year of study, and just finished Certificate III in Community Pharmacy, as a Pharmacy Assistant.  Now my husband has a job in Sydney, and we are moving to North Sydney in the new year  leaving the tranquility of Tasmania behind us.  I wanted to stay but the work opportunity has called us back to the Mainland.

September 2014

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Posted by belmckenna on 12 Sep 2014, 10:15AM

Time is flying by and I just have 5 minutes to hop on and say hello.  It is nearly a year since I returned back to work at the Pharmacy as an assistant.

Starting with 20 hours a week and then 25 and now stretching to 30.  I have also been studying since going back, which was an issue because my mind was like mush for the first 4 months back.  I took a whole year off,  and had 6 chemo, followed by radiation for 6 weeks.  Trip Neg BC.  

That was another week

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Posted by belmckenna on 09 Jun 2014, 01:24PM

As I manage to make my way through one week after another, I pop into BCNA, to say hi to a few people and have flash backs of last year.

 Having been recently asked "Did having Breast Cancer change you?"  I replied "I dont think so, perhaps a little less superficial."  There is definatley a life before Cancer and one after whether we notice/recognide it or not.  How can you ever just go back to who you once were.  I am a lot less carefree, and optimistic I think, and yet each day we swing between "soldier" mode and "I wish I could turn back time".  

8 months back at work

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Posted by belmckenna on 30 May 2014, 10:03AM

Apologies for not being able to get on line as much as I can and thank you to Mandy Forteath for her wonderful dedication to BCNA.  I have thrown myself into my studies as a Pharmacy Assistant, and working 25 hours per week.  I am studying Certificates II and III in Community Pharmacy and about to start the final 6 toughest part, involving Dispensary.  We who have been through Chemotherapy and returned to work, understand the constant challenges of the physical changes that surgery creates, the energy loss and the memory fog.



  • Name:  Mrs Belinda McKenna
  • Gender:  Female
  • Marital status:  Married
  • About:  20 years of hairdressing, then 5 years as a Pharmacy Assistant. Married for 7 years. Now Cancer Free. Moving to Sydney Jan 2015

My diagnosis

  • Breast cancer experience: 
    I have been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Diagnosis type: 
    Early Breast Cancer
  • Diagnosis date:  15/10/2012


  • Hobbies: 
    Craft activities, Fitness and sports, Reading
  • Breast cancer-related interests: 
    Workplace and career, Medical research

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