Breast cancer survivor Joy Hills likes to live up to her name.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer my attitude was I will do anything to stay alive, said Joy. I now live life to the fullest and stay positive and impulsive.
Joy was first diagnosed in 1992 and a masectomy followed. In 1996 a second, very small lump was found in her other breast, followed by the discovery of cancer in her liver. Joy is still receiving chemotherapy but says she and her husband have taken a holistic approach to her cancer, improving their diet, their lifestyle and their enjoyment of life.
Its the old clich that you dont think about it until it happens to you, said Joy, but when you look at the breast cancer statistics its frightening.
Frightening is an understatement. When Joy was diagnosed in 1992, Australian women had a one in 14 chance of being diagnosed with cancer. Today, its more like one in eight.
Joy will be guest speaker at a special Pink Ribbon Breakfast at Mary Gilhooleys Pub in Lismore next Friday, October 27, organised by the Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise in conjunction with the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
The breakfasts are held around the country to raise funds for breast cancer research, and since the breakfasts started in 2003 over $2 million has been raised.
Its going to be a fantastic morning and we want to make it clear it isnt just for women, said Rotarian and organiser, Gae Ferris.
Whilst wearing pink is compulsory, Mick Drew, manager of Mary Gilhooleys, said he isnt afraid to be a man and wear pink on the day, or salmon, as he prefers to call it.
The breakfast costs $15 and includes a full hot breakfast, fresh fruit and drinks, plus raffles and giveaways. It runs from 7.15-8.30am.
RSVP by October 23 to Gae Ferris on 6621 8744 or Sharon Dowling on 6621 2401.
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