Sue’s experience as a volunteer and more recently a carer

by Sue (I'm a carer or family member) - Yorke and Mid North

Having clients, close friends & family travelling the journey of cancer I wanted to be able to support them more.

Approximately 6 years ago now the Cancer Council of SA put me in touch with a program called Look Good Feel Better. This opened up so many doors of opportunity to be able to volunteer my skills in hairdressing and beauty and share my knowledge with women, men & young adults by showing them how makeup, scarves, wigs & hats can help boost self esteem as well as help them be confident & positive during cancer treatment.

Living in a rural remote community at the time also gave me the opportunity to join other community members to take part in raising awareness & funds for breast cancer by turning everything pink which brought the community together as one for a mutual cause. To this day I am still in awe of what we did in such a short time showing not only ourselves but the world what you can do when you work as one. The inspiration came from a community member who had passed away with cancer who lit up a room by her presence when she walked in.

Having now relocated to another rural community & being touched this time closer to home by cancer the issues of travel & being away from home, familiar surroundings & community support is being highlighted. After much negotiation with the local hospital & medical staff being able to support care between treatments at home has improved the mental stress associated.

The Country Cancer Support website is an added support which has been greatly welcomed and I will certainly share with those travelling the journey I come in contact with during my role now as a carer & my ongoing volunteer roles.

Every day is a treasure and we aim to embrace each and everyone no matter how dark the clouds may be.