Group gives support to sufferers
IT ONLY takes an ache in a joint, or a little bit of pain, for a cancer survivor to start wondering if it has come back.
For long-time cancer survivor Aurilea Augustine, who was diagnosed with breast cancer about 20 years ago, her cancer experience and those fear thoughts are still in the back of her mind.
She encourages other cancer survivors to join the local cancer survivor walking group.
"It's a great opportunity for people who have had cancer because when you speak with someone who has had cancer, there's a bond that forms," Ms Augustine said.
Group leader and cancer survivor Jenny Hilcher said the program allowed those touched by cancer to access support from people who have been in a similar situation.
"It's important for those affected by cancer to know they are not alone and the social aspect of this group is just wonderful at giving them the boost they need to feel better," she said.
Ms Hilcher's passion for raising awareness and supporting cancer survivors and their families developed through her own personal experience with cancer.
"I lost my son and sister to cancer and I was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2006," she said.
"Cancer has a huge impact on individuals and families and that is why I think the Cancer Council Queensland c-vivor program is so important.
"There is something really special about being able to interact with those who share a similar story and to be able to get that support while improving your physical health."
Ms Hilcher's walking group meets every Wednesday at 6.30am on Huish Dr next to Rockhampton Memorial Pool and all are welcome.
"We take a beautiful walk along the riverbank and it's just a great way to kick off the day," Ms Hilcher said.
"We are also really flexible so if people are keen to do more activities on different days or start at different times we can arrange that."
Ms Hilcher said her group was also planning a number of other activities, including low impact personal training sessions that would be tailored to each individual.
When: Every Wednesday at 6.30am
Where: Huish Dr, next to Rockhampton Memorial Pool