IN 1998, retired Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete and medallist Raelene Boyle was named by the National Trust as one of Australia’s 100 Living Legends.
But two years earlier, and 20 years to this day, Ms Boyle was diagnosed with breast cancer.
As a survivor and founding member of the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), Ms Boyle will speak at the free Breast Cancer Treatment, Care and Looking After Yourself information forum in Orange on Wednesday, March 23.
Designed especially for women, men and families affected by breast cancer from rural and regional areas, the forum will highlight the medical, physical and emotional aspects of living well after a breast cancer diagnosis.
About 200 women and their partners and supporters from across the state are expected to attend the forum.
BCNA spokesperson Penelope Davies said Raelene Boyle, being a survivor herself, was a big drawcard for others.
“Raelene’s diagnosis came at a time when she was transitioning from sport to a normal life and her experiences, the shock she felt when she discovered that she had breast cancer and her long journey are all relatable to survivors and those going through treatment,” she said.
The program will feature the latest information and advice from breast cancer and health professionals - medical oncologist Dr Nicholas Zdenkowski and psychologist Jane Fletcher.
The forum will be held at the Orange Ex-Services’ Club on Wednesday, March 23 with refreshments served from 9am and talks beginning at 10am.
Registrations can be made by visiting www.bcna.org.au or by calling 1800 500 258.