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‘I’m just trying to live my best life, because I don't know how long I have to be with my girls.’ – Emily

Emily was only 29 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer. She was a young mum of two daughters, her youngest just five months old.

After completing six months of treatment, she found out her cancer had spread. To her pelvic bone, the tops of her femur, her lower spine and liver.

Emily was devastated.

With your help Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) can continue to make sure people like Emily have access to the information and support they need when diagnosed with breast cancer.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer you know that treating the cancer is only part of the journey.

I know my body is strong. It’s very good at healing. It might take some time, but it’ll be okay. It’s the impact on my mental health that I need the most support with.’

Living with metastatic breast cancer means Emily’s future is uncertain.

She doesn’t know how many birthdays and Christmases she’ll get to share with her girls. Or if she’ll be around to see them grow into the wonderful women she knows they will be one day.

Having access to supportive care, like mental health support, is so important for people like Emily.

Counselling has helped because it’s designated me an hour every fortnight to be able to have a release.’

Emily is more that her disease. She is a mother, a wife, a teacher, a friend. And she is determined to live her best life for as long as she can. But she can’t do it alone.

It’s important for everyone to know there is help available. However, access to supportive care services, like mental health support to look after your emotional wellbeing, or other allied health services, like exercise physiology to help relieve symptoms and side effects of treatment, are not always readily and easily available.

With your help BCNA will be a strong voice to continue advocating for access to supportive care services.

Everyone’s breast cancer journey is different. And their supportive care needs are different.

The support provided through BCNA’s online network was invaluable to Emily.

‘It created that kind of comfort. That reassurance, and even that connection of you're not alone. Having access to that platform and that knowledge, is so valuable to someone going through it. Because it makes you feel somewhat normal.’

A kind gift from you can help people like Emily access the supportive care they need to look after their whole wellbeing and live their best life.