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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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.


Casting for a Cure

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Posted by Mandy Forteath on 12 Apr 2014, 04:15PM

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, 06:53PM

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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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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