Mandy Forteath

My story

Diagnosed as a result of Breastscreen mammogram, two dcis left breast. 

Mastectomy, chemotherapy.

All history now, enjoying being well and happy.

Don't be afraid to ask for help!

Joining the support group one year after my diagnosis opened up my world.

My message is - Always have tests and  follow ups that are required, be vigilant but don't let the C word rule your life or the lives around you.

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Casting for a Cure

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 12 Apr 2014, 03:15PM

Hi everyone,

does anyone have any experience with the "Casting for a Cure" program?

It is popular in UK, USA and NZ and local fishing groups here in Tassie are keen to get on board.

We have many waterways that are suitable and keen fly fishers who want to assist the ladies. It is good for lymphodema and I would like to hear from anyone who has been part of the program, or knows anything about it.

"I am sorry but you have breast cancer"...

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 22 Mar 2014, 05:53PM

These are the words WE have all heard at different times from different health professionals.

Over the past week I have heard three different women trivialise their diagnosis- why you ask?

Well because they "only needed a lumpectomy followed by minimal ongoing treatment ( in one case, and radiation for the other two) they somehow feel their diagnosis ranks lower on the "Breast Cancer Richter Scale". (my own little choice of words, girls!)

I am sorry but I disagree totally- we are all in the same boat when we hear those damned words "... you have breast cancer."

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Launceston Support Network

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 17 Mar 2014, 09:35AM

Launceston Breast Cancer Network is an open group focused on welcoming and supporting new and existing members, whatever their stage on the cancer journey. The prime aims of the group are support, education and information.

21st anniversary for BreastScreen Tasmania

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 14 Feb 2014, 04:35PM

Breast Screen Tasmania is celebrating 21 years - you can attend one of their celebratory open sessions -

My breast cancer was picked up by BreastScreen Tas in 2004 and if they hadn't offered this service I would have gone undiagnosed until it was a far blacker picture.  I can only imagine how many other women that have been saviours of.

A guiding inspiration to so many has left us

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 30 Jan 2014, 08:34AM


Sadly I let you know that our dear Pauline Watson died peacefully at home early this morning.

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Mandy Forteath


  • Name:  Mrs Mandy Forteath
  • About:  I experienced strong support from family and friends, and am happy to "give back" support. I am part of the Launceston Support Group

My diagnosis

  • Breast cancer experience: 
    I have been diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Diagnosis type: 
    Early Breast Cancer
  • Diagnosis date:  27/05/2004


  • Hobbies: 
    Cooking, Photography, Reading
  • Breast cancer-related interests: 
    Clinical trials, Depression and psychological impacts, Rural and remote issues, Workplace and career, Medical research

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