A BREAST cancer diagnosis is often overwhelming, scary and confusing but for the last 12 months women of Orange have had a helping hand throughout their treatment and recovery journey.
Since McGrath Foundation breast care nurse Sue Kuter started her role in Orange she has made a difference to 180 women’s lives when they needed it the most.
“My job is to look after their treatment and to begin their healing process,” she said.
Mrs Kuter said women often see a number of medical professionals during their treatment for breast cancer but often she is the “one constant”.
The treatment path can often be confusing and overwhelming Mrs Kuter said and many women struggle with medical jargon and what to do next.
“When you do [see a doctor] you don’t really hear anything except it’s cancer and it’s serious, everything just seems to get buried in the words”
“I try to slow everything down and make sure they can put one foot in front of the other in their treatment path.
As the 64th McGrath Foundation breast care nurse she is determined to see that other communities have the same benefit as women in Orange.
“There are many communities that desperately need the same help we get in our community, “ she said.
In celebration of her 12 months anniversary and to raise vital funds and awareness for further breast care nurses in other communities an In the Pink Ball is scheduled for Saturday, September 8.
Held at the Orange Ex-Services’ Club, there will be entertainment, an extensive prize and raffle list including a weekend at exclusive six-star Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa in the Blue Mountains. Tickets to the black tie ball are $80 and are still available for purchase through the club. In July this year the McGrath Foundation placed the 75th breast care nurse in rural and regional Australian areas, their aim is to have 150 nurses helping ladies as they undergo treatment.