Annmaree was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast cancer in May 2015. After a unilateral skin sparing mastectomy a week later she underwent 6 rounds of chemo followed by 25 rounds of radio. During that time she simply tried as best she could to get on with it – resting a lot with gentle walking and not sleeping well – simply taking it one day at a time. It wasn’t until she connected with a group of women online called Reclaim Your Curves (that focuses on breast reconstruction support and information) that she found it easier to cope with the shock of diagnosis, treatment, tests and more surgery. She has had bilateral DIEP surgery (breast reconstruction using tummy fat), an oophorectomy and nipple reconstruction and has found it much easier to relax, sleep and enjoy life again, with daily exercise and nutrition being a major focus.
Annmaree is a volunteer with the Cancer Council’s Cancer Connect program, providing peer to peer telephone support, she is an ambassador for Reclaim Your Curves in Sydney and also assists with their information seminars on Breast Reconstruction for women in regional areas of NSW.
Webinars presented by Annmaree: Sleep – “How can I get a good night’s sleep?”