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The below article was shared to me by a fellow GP, and I have the author’s opinion to share it on this blog.

I only know the author as Sylvie. She wrote this about her radiotherapy and dealing with breast cancer.

Here is the extract.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 – final day of Radiotherapy

Sylvie’s shawl project helped her get through 16 days of Radiotherapy commencing
at Peter Mac, Bentleigh East, Victoria on 14 January 2019:

After being diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in mid-November 2018, all of a sudden, my life felt out of control. I had always prided myself in being organised, on top of matters financial and medical. Now I was on the medical conveyor belt as so many women have described it. From Breastscreen Victoria to GP to specialist, to tests and more tests then back to specialist oncologists for test results. All the while wondering where my life would lead me tomorrow.
In less than a week, it had been confirmed that my breast cancer could be removed with an operation and 16 sessions of radiotherapy. I had been spared chemotherapy. Two weeks after the diagnosis I underwent surgery. A bewildering time, which left me feeling sick to my stomach. There was no family support. My close girlfriends became my family. Post-surgery I had seven weeks of healing before radiotherapy could commence.
By the time late December arrived I was starting to socialise again. Nonetheless, life had changed. I was feeling vulnerable and didn’t mind telling people so. I always seemed to be cold and tired. On a sunny Saturday I went over to a close friend’s home for lunch. I couldn’t focus on conversation or to hold any meaningful conversation.
The sun was streaming through the dining room window, but I was cold and shivering.
Liz noticed how cold I was and placed a cardigan and shawl on my shoulders. When I was preparing to go home, I handed the cardigan back and instinctively asked if I could borrow the shawl and take it with me when Radiotherapy sessions commenced. Liz was delighted with the suggestion. The shawl had a warm, positive energy woven into it.

Later that night I thought it would be great to borrow scarves or shawls from my children and close friends who would be walking beside me on my breast cancer treatment journey. The shawls would be symbolic of the love, strength & beautiful prayers that had been showered upon me by these women of grace.
16 shawls were gathered, one for each day of treatment.
Each shawl being unique in design, colour and having its own ‘signature’ of personality from the person who loaned it to me.
Walking from the changing room to the treatment room, the shawl enabled me to cover my back where the hospital gown wouldn’t allow. This allowed me the modesty and dignity that I yearned for.
The Radiologists bestowed upon me, as much as possible, my personal dignity. They acknowledged the shawl that I brought along each day and placed it on top of the blanket before treatment commenced. It was a beautiful act of kindness.
Through a regimented 16 days of attendance in a cold, sterile, clinical environment, the shawls empowered me to take a little more control over my life. This simple item of clothing had the ability to bring warmth, colour and importantly the loving nature of the people gathered around me through my breast cancer journey into the treatment room.

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