I was diagnosed with breast cancer during my last trimester in pregnancy with baby number 4.

I am 41 years old and my life as I knew it had instantly been turned upside down.  My baby needed to arrive 5 weeks premature by Caesar, so that I could be operated on 5 days later.  None of this had been my plan!  I had been a teacher for 16 years and could no longer work and my fiancé and I could no longer afford what we previously took for granted: bills, food, rent, doctor’s fees etc.

Life was daunting and out of our control!

I am currently undergoing chemotherapy and during this process was introduced to Wendy and her team at “Be Uplifted” .

I like to call them ‘our Angels’.

They came to our house and in a comfortable manner offered their help in any areas my fiancé and I felt we needed the most. I felt instantly at ease because I knew these ladies had also been through a similar journey themselves and were also willing to share their personal experiences.

They were a wonderful sounding board and source of support.

Not only did I have new friends that understood my hardship and personal journey, they also offered my family financial support and food when we  were down to our last dollars. I have learnt that asking for help is not easy, but sometimes necessary just to survive.

We cannot thank the “Be Uplifted” team enough for their continual support and friendship, and when we are on our feet again, we will be sure to pass on the kindness and heartfelt generosity that they have shown to us.

Last Tuesday I was a day patient, having my three monthly blood transfusion at North West Private Hospital, Everton Park.

I was given a very big bag will all sorts of ‘goodies’ in it. What a lovely surprise and I thank you very much indeed.

I am a breast cancer survivor of 14 years, for which I am very grateful.Being 84 years old I consider myself very lucky. Life is good. Again many thanks.

After treatment this week, I received a food hamper from Karen at the North West Oncology Unit. It was a wonderful but most unexpected surprise!

My family is very appreciative of your organisations kindness, support and generosity.

Many heartfelt thanks for the great work you and your organisation are providing to women who have succumbed to breast cancer.

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.

A note to say Thank You for the lovely Christmas Hamper I received at the Holy Spirit Hospital in December.

It was gratefully appreciated.

Once again I must thank you for your most generous gift to me.

It will certainly be a tremendous help in keeping the place neat and tidy and I greatly appreciate it. Thank you also for the pictures. She was pleasantly surprised as she had forgotten how they looked. You are most generous and I am sure I am one of many to appreciate the great work you do.

Well, I always looked forward to my thirties, to be that little bit more wiser and to immerse myself in family life. However I never expected that my life could change so dramatically. Just after my third daughter was born, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was March 2009 and our eldest was 3 and we were strangers to the Peninsula after having just moved to Queensland. I had chemotherapy for 18 months and just as life started to feel normal, it happened again.

In March this year I was diagnosed with a recurrence in a major organ. Fortunately, I have a wonderful and encouraging husband and family and friends who helped carry me through this devastating period. This time I have wisdom, experience and am supported by my excellent oncologist and the staff at the Wesley Hospital, where I have been undergoing weekly treatment.

Despite the negative news I received when initially re-diagnosed, the sun still shines bright and I am territorial in my role as a mother. I revel in seeing our 3 beautiful girls’ smiley faces when they wake up in the morning or when I pick them up from school in the afternoon.  The routine of family life keeps me grounded and makes me feel safe.

After being re-diagnosed, my husband, feeling distraught and coming to terms with our situation, found an organisation called Be Uplifted. Co-founders Barbara and Wendy who have both experienced breast cancer, made contact with us and arranged to meet us in person. Their support and understanding provided invaluable assistance and we are very grateful for it. “A wise friend once said that the easiest thing to do is to offer help but the hardest thing to do is to accept it”.

We have formed strong ties to Redcliffe and are surrounded by so many genuine and caring people and this makes us feel truly lucky.

Thank you so very much I appreciate the cheque.

You have no idea how much help that will be to me at this time.

Let me know if I can help in any way.

Dear Barbara, Wendy and the team of Be Uplifted Inc.

Thank you for your support and fundraising at the Aspley Hornets AFL Football Club.

From all the U13 players.

Words can’t adequately convey how touched I am by your generosity and love.

The $500 will be of great help to me in the next few months.

Thank you so very much.

We look forward to hearing from you soon and moving forward with some fundraising.

Thanks too for the contacts. My chemo started on the 16th as planned. Coping OK so far.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!!!

We were moving out West when we last spoke, as well as still having chemotherapy, as I was having weekly doses after spending 11 days in hospital with an infection – Pseudonymous Bug. I did the travel back and forth to Brisbane for the last 4 treatments of chemo, and now have completed radiation, which I must say was not the easiest of times, as well as the travel to Toowoomba every day, the burn was horrific.

I am also receiving physio for Lymphedema of the breast after the infection. Lymphedema is not pleasant to have and apparently non curable, just manageable by massage every day.

The generosity of your Organisation “Be Uplifted” helped make my decision to travel to Toowoomba easier, without that help from Be Uplifted, my decisions would have been so much more complicated.

I cannot thank you enough for what you did for me and how it helped us.

Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and let someone else help you. You know Wendy, my husband and I have always been the ones to help others out whenever and wherever we could, so to be on the receiving end was a hard pill to swallow, but one we had to, so I’m speaking from the heart when I say THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH …. I had to swallow my pride again when I started radiation as Toowoomba ROQ is a private hospital; after the expense of moving, our savings only paid for the “Radiation Planning” and my first week of treatment. I had 5 more weeks of treatment so I had to ask my in-laws if they could pay for my “out-of-pocket” expenses until we can afford to pay them back. That is such a horrible feeling to have to ask for help!

This year I hope will only get better because I cannot believe how cancer has engulfed my family … My best friend had breast cancer first, my mother-in-law a month later, then myself two months after her, and now my mum a month after me. She had a lung removed just before Christmas, Invasive breast cancer (L), aggressive breast cancer (R), and Goyta which is thankfully benign. She is going through 2 types of chemo, one for the lung and one for the aggressive breast cancer. We try to go to Brisbane as much as we possibly can to spend time with her and to help her with housework, whatever we can, but on one wage it gets to be a strain.

She has now been told that she will receive a double mastectomy in June which is massive for her but necessary. I wonder just how many other families have to endure such hard times like we have had this year!!! My heart goes out to them all. Well we can only get stronger and bond through all this experience.

My husband’s favourite saying is: WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER!!!

Wendy, a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart, I wish you and your organisation the best for the future.

Words seem so inadequate…..

Thank you so very much for the generous gift of $1,000.

It will be such a help to me. It completely took me by surprise….. I burst into tears!!!!

Anyway…. its wonderful, what you do with Be Uplifted. I’m really grateful.