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  • DATES FOR THE DIARY

    ALBURY-WODONGA BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

    The Tit Tattler would not be possible without the generosity of Conway Printing at Jindera who print the newsletter without charge.

    Thanks also to Kellie and Kelvin Davies of K2 Design who donate their time and skills maintaining our website and providing technical support. And thank you to our contributors whose input helps us to pass on so much important information, advice or just something to make us laugh.

    15 March AWBCSG MEETING 10 am Mitta Mitta Canoe Club

    19 March LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER– to enrol contact Rosemary Creed 02 6021 3604

    12 April AWBCSG MEETING 10 am Mitta Mitta Canoe Club Note change to 2nd Friday due to Easter

    30 April LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER– to enrol contact Rosemary Creed 02 6021 3604

    2 May– 29 May Pink Bun Campaign Bakers Delight

    12 May Mother’s Day Classic Sumsion Gardens/Belvoir Park

    15 May AWBCSG MEETING 10 am Biggest Morning Tea Mitta Mitta Canoe Club

    Congratulations -

    Albury’s Volunteer of the Year

    T he Albury-Wodonga Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the third Friday of each month in February to November, 10am to noon, at the Mitta Mitta Canoe Club building, Noreuil Park, Albury. It is a confidential and caring meeting, sharing knowledge and experiences and offering comfort and friendship. Coffee and tea are supplied and you can bring nibbles to share if you wish.

     PLEASE JOIN US

    Albury’s Australia Day Awards for 2019 saw the presentation of Volunteer of the Year being made to

    Rosemary Creed, the co-ordinator for the local Look Good Feel Better program. Rosemary has been

    involved with Look Good Feel Better for 13 years. She enjoys her role and she valued how the

    workshops lifted women's self esteem. “From the time they come into the room to the time they leave

    they’re totally different and it’s just wonderful. Usually after about half an hour to an hour you can hear

    laughing”.

  • CONTACTS

    Committee Heather Knott (02) 6059 2314

    Robyn Daly (02) 6021 5353

    Marg Harrison (02) 6021 4551

    Jodie Hart 0410 046 330

    Marlene Gibson (02) 6021 6364

    Barbara Iverson (02) 6056 1437

    Feel free to contact any committee member for information or support. Correspondence to: Heather Knott– Facilitator 4 Armstrong Terrace West Wodonga Vic 3690 kknott@iprimus.com.au Editor: Heather Knott awbcsg@gmail.com Sub editor: Robyn Daly robyn.daly3@bigpond.com Hydrotherapy contact: Joan Blackwood (02) 6021 2396 0407 397 391

    Heather with Happenings

    Hi Everyone, Wow, what a summer. Hopefully autumn will bring us some relief from the hot days and warm nights. I hope you had a lovely time over Christmas and New Year with family and friends. AWBCSG’s year ended with our Christmas Lunch at the Commercial Club. Everyone who attended had a lovely time chatting and enjoying the delicious food. Once again the tables were beautifully set, making for a very festive day. Thank you to Hart Accounting for their donation towards our celebration.

    Hydrotherapy success– The ladies from our support group who go to hydrotherapy sessions with WAGS at the Hospital Pool were delight that the pool finally reopened just before Christmas. We have kept our Wednesday 12.30pm session facilitated by WAGS with other WAGS members coming along too which is great. Several of the ladies attend other WAGS run sessions during the week. There is Monday and Tuesday at 1.30pm, Thursday 9am and 9.45am and Friday 9.15am. To attend WAGS sessions you will require a medical clearance signed by your GP, pay a small annual fee and $6 for each session you attend. During the closure of the Hospital Pool we decided to make other arrangements and attended GT Aquatics which worked very well. It has been decided that a session will be held on Tuesday at 11am at GT Aquatics 345 Wagga Road Lavington. To attend this session you just need to turn up and pay the $6 entry ($5 concession). You can also come before or stay longer and swim laps. There is no requirement to have a clearance signed by your GP or pay an annual fee. The closure of the pool made us realise how much benefit we get from hydrotherapy and are thrilled to be able to continue with more options. If you want to know more, or get a form contact, Joan on 6021 2396 or 0407 397 391.

    WAGS facilitating sessions that AWBCSG members attend You will require a medical permission form signed by your doctor, pay an annual fee to WAGS and the weekly fee to the hospital. AWBCSG members also attend hydro sessions, that they facilitate themselves, at GT Aquatics at 345 Wagga Road Lavington. There is only a weekly fee with no forms required. Contact Joan on 6021 2396 or 0407 397 391 for more information and times for both GT Aquatics and Albury Base Hospital.

    H ydrotherapy is held at the Albury Base Hospital with

    REMINDER– Date Change April meeting is on second

    Friday which is 12th April due to Good Friday on 19th April.

    Congratulations to our wonderful friend Rosemary Creed for being named Albury City Volunteer of the year. Rosemary has been the co-ordinator of Look Good Feel Better for 13 years. Rosemary and her Team have been amazing

    in making you feel special and lift your self-esteem, so you leave the workshop with a lighter step and in a better frame of mind. Thank you Rosemary from the AWBCSG and all the ladies you have helped over the years. We were fortunate to receive a donation of 80 calico bags from Norma, one of our members, to use for our Pamper Bag Project. A big thank you to the members that have been busy decorating the bags and making them colourful. They look very bright. Last year the McGrath nurses distributed 130 bags to women in our area diagnosed with breast cancer and the 8th edition of our resource guide has just been printed. We also appreciate the help the Craft Group at Hilltop provide in sewing up the half moon pillows we put in the pamper bags. May is once again a busy month with the Pink Bun Campaign commencing 2nd May and continuing until 29 May, which is a week longer than previous years. In the first 2 weeks 100% of the sales of pink buns comes to BCNA. In the second 2 weeks BCNA receives $1 from the sale of every 6 bag of healthy rolls. There is a new co- branded Breast Friends hessian bag with BCNA receiving a percentage of the sales. BCNA are l o o k i n g forward to the new campaign, with all funds raised put towards the My Journey Kit which is made available to all men and women when diagnosed with breast cancer. The NBCF Mother’s Day Classic is another annual fundraiser with the funds going towards breast cancer research. Finally, our May meeting is always our Biggest Morning Tea and are able to support one of these fundraisers. Until the next edition, enjoy Autumn and the colour it brings. Cheers,

    Heather Knott

  • Complimentary Therapies Oncology Massage Therapists Samantha Lowe– Wodonga 0407 686 838 Katrina Crawford– Wellness Centre at AWRCC 02 60641562 Paula Hall– Porepunka 03 5756 2050 Heather Hay-Deniliquin 0407 626 148

    Lymphoedema Massage Therapist Sue Butcher is a registered lymphoedema massage therapist and has rooms at 710 Young St Albury Sue can be contacted on 6041 3362 or admin@backstraightmassage.com massageresults.com.au

    Lymphatic Drainage and Remedial Massage Paul Nixon is a registered remedial massage therapist with Casey-Smith Method of complex lymphatic therapy in the treatment of lymphedema, Certificate IV in Health (massage), oncology massage 1 & 2, lymphatic drainage level 1 & 2 and a certificate of assessment and compliance for NSW Health to work within the hospital system. Paul has been working in the Ovens and Murray Valley region since 2002 and has appointments available at Bright Sports Centre and 1/611 Dean St Albury. Phone 0408 579 404 to make a booking

    AWRCC Wellness Centre The following groups meet monthly;

    Women’s Wellness Group 2nd Thursday 10.30 - 2 Carer’s Support Group 2nd Friday 12.30- 2.30 High Tea – for patients & carers 3rd Tuesday 1- 2.30 Men’s Cancer Support Group 4th Tuesday 10 -12 Art Relaxation Group 4th Wednesday 10 -12 Each Monday and Wednesday there is Oncology Massage and each Tuesday and Friday a Psychologist is available for counselling. Phone Karen- 6064 1562 at the Wellness Centre to book an appointment. Karen can also email you the monthly calendar and notify you of any up coming events if you would like.

    LOOK GOOD… FEEL BETTER for 2019

    Sessions will be held on the following Tuesdays; April 30, June 11, July 30 & September 10

    from 9.15am – 12pm at the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre

    Wellness Centre Please register at least 3 weeks prior to

    the session you wish to attend. Contact Rosemary Creed 02 6021 3604 or

    email on rtcreed@bigpond.com

    Once again the annual Pink Test in Sydney has been a successful fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation. Over $1.2 million was

    raised which helps fund nine McGrath Breast Care Nurs