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Supporting local Mums like Isabelle, through cancer treatment

Merricks North mother and businesswoman Isabelle Dogne was training for a marathon when she developed a sore breast.

“I went to the doctors and got sent for further tests which found I had three tumours in my left breast,” recalls Isabelle.

She has recently finished six months of treatment at Frankston Hospital. 

“I chose to go to Frankston due to the closeness of living in Merricks,” says Isabelle.

It is important that patients like Isabelle can have access to the best of care, close to home.

Peninsula Health has recently wrapped up its Take a Break for Cancer campaign, which encouraged people to host their own fundraising event, to help bring world class cancer services to the Mornington Peninsula.

Thanks to the generosity and hard work of local people, Take a Break for Cancer raised $7,650 for oncology services at Peninsula Health.

This money will go towards vital new equipment which will be used to provide more than 8000 cancer treatments each year at Frankston and Rosebud Chemotherapy Units.

Isabelle says the staff at the Frankston Chemotherapy Day Unit were a big support for her while she was undergoing treatment.

“There is one in eight women going through breast cancer and it’s not the most pleasant thing to go through,” says Isabelle.

“The nurses are absolutely the most beautiful people and they are just angels. I can’t speak highly enough of them – that was probably the nicest thing about the chemotherapy, going in and seeing them every day.”

While Isabelle has been staying positive through her treatment and focusing on being well, she says Chemotherapy Clinical Nurse Consultant Lisa Taylor-Lovett just knew when she was feeling down one day.

“Lisa is fantastic, she has a sixth sense about how you’re going,” says Isabelle.

“I take the stoic stand, I’m in sales where you find a solution for everything. Then one day she got me and she just knew. We had a big chat and then Lisa pointed me in the right direction of going to see a few other people.”

Isabelle is doing well and has recently returned from a relaxing holiday with her family in Thailand.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Take a Break for Cancer – your donations are making a big difference to help the team at Peninsula Health to provide the best services possible for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, locally. If you’re interested in hosting your own event visit our website at: www.takeabreakforcancer.org.au

 

Jessica Mills
JMills@phcn.vic.gov.au