ALL SET: Breast Cancer Buddy and cancer survivor Beryl Fletcher prepares for the Biggest Morning Tea.
ALL SET: Breast Cancer Buddy and cancer survivor Beryl Fletcher prepares for the Biggest Morning Tea. Trevor Veale

Every cup counts in the fight against cancer

WHEN you find a lump in your breast, time can stand still or race past as you consider the possibilities of your discovery.

Four years ago, Coffs Coast local Beryl Fletcher noticed a lump in her right breast. She didn't hesitate to see her doctor.

"It all moved pretty quickly from that first appointment," Beryl said.

"Mammogram, ultrasound, a biopsy, it went so fast I didn't have time to stop and think 'woe it's me I have cancer'. Within six weeks of finding the lump I had a lumpectomy."

Months of chemotherapy, then radiation treatment followed. This was the other side of cancer for Beryl who has spent many hours fundraising locally for the Cancer Council.

"I was actually in the middle of organising a Girls' Night In event for the Cancer Council when it all happened. It was such a shock.

"To have to tell my family, my sisters as well as my brothers, I had breast cancer was so difficult. Men can get breast cancer too which is often forgotten about.

"My partner David was wonderful and kept track of all my appointments. Support is everything in these situations.

"I had all my treatment here in Coffs, absolutely marvellous team, I could not fault them and a big thank you to the Cancer Council for their support. I have come out the other side and I feel absolutely fantastic. Every day is just great."

During her treatment, Beryl was given a pink pamphlet for the Coffs Harbour Breast Cancer Buddies.

"Such a caring group; we've all been down the same track so there is so much support and understanding."

The Coffs Harbour Breast Cancer Buddies is hosting a Biggest Morning Tea on May 24 from 10am to 11.30am at the Botanic Garden and extends an invitation to everyone to come along and help raise funds by enjoying a cuppa or two and some delicious treats.

"Biggest Morning Tea is such a big day for the Breast Cancer Buddies. Last year was a great event. When the community gets behind these fundraising events the results are wonderful."

Beryl has her Cancer Council fundraising hat on again today. She is part of the Hash House Harriers team participating in the Relay for Life event at Coffs Showground 10am-8pm and is hoping to see plenty of locals come along and show support.

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