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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Professor of Lymphoedema presenting in Tassie

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 06 Jan 2015, 03:18PM

Professor Neil Piller, Flinders University, South Australia - Director International Lymphoedema Framework & Director of Lymphoedema Research Unit is proudly being sponsored by the Tasmanian Breast Cancer Network to do a presentation on lymphoedema in Launceston on Saturday March 14, 2015.

Professor Piller is offering the use of the bio-impedence equipment for those wishing to measure the amount of fluid in their arms or legs.

October ended, November arrived

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 06 Nov 2014, 12:42PM


So we head into the very end of the year with more national members than ever!

I know BCNA supports us all in every way possible and often think (and say) I don't know where some of us would be without BCNA and our PINK sisters.

Grateful in October

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 07 Oct 2014, 03:39PM

Today we held Launceston's Mini Field of Women at the Cancer Council Centre in their lovely garden. We had media cover from the local newspaper, The Examiner, as well as WINTV news and Southern Cross TV news.

Those in attendance learnt about the support of BCNA and tonight we have our support group meeting where we will nibble on pink treats and be thankful.

Another October experienced, and we are all grateful.

Precious tribute tags

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 07 Jul 2014, 02:14PM

I would like to receive advice from you girls out there, and men and family members about the storage of the Tribute Tags that we all write on for Mini Fields of Women.

I have quite a collection, gathered over the past few years, and am thinking of having them "mulched" into our beautiful Launceston City Park Breast Cancer Rose Garden.

I could hold a ceremony in October, perhaps, to raise awareness.... but would value your thoughts.

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Last week with BCNA

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 02 Jun 2014, 03:06PM

I was honoured to be amongst a group of 22 women from all over Australia (and NZ!), being trained by BCNA as a Consumer Representative on their "Seat at the Table"program.

I won't ramble on, but want everyone to know that BCNA are amazing in their advocacy training and experiences. We, the affected Breast Cancer women and men are being represented in every sphere, and up to date information is received, sourced and communicated well.

So heartening in this confusing world.


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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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