ALBURY WODONGA BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP Hilltop- Albury Wodonga Patient & Carer Accommodation Centre

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  • Hilltop- What an Asset


    T he Albury-Wodonga Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the third Friday of each month, 10am to noon, at the Mitta Mitta Canoe Club building, Noreuil Park, Albury, 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.



    20 September AWBCSG MEETING 10am Mitta Mitta Canoe Club 18th birthday celebrations and e-Health presentation

    15 October and 3 December LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER– to enrol Contact Rosemary Creed 02 6021 3604

    18 October AWBCSG MEETING 10am Mitta Mitta Canoe Club

    24 October Mini-Field of Women and BCNA Forum The Cube Wodonga 10– 3pm

    26-27 October Relay for Life Bunton Park North Albury to register

    15 November AWBCSG MEETING 10am Mitta Mitta Canoe Club

    6 December AWBCSG Christmas Lunch 11.30am Stanley Room, Commercial Club, Albury

    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 have donated 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.

    Hilltop is a ―patient and carer‖ accommodation centre, a home away from home with 20 lovely motel-style rooms, a communal sitting room and kitchen area. The communal area or ―The Hub‖ as we call it , is a great place for communication and support for both the patient and carer, discussing day to day movements and comparing treatments or just generally chatting. The first patient/carer checked in on March 20th this year.

    As Manager, it is enormously satisfying to hear the noisy sounds of someone cooking and their onlookers keeping them amused by telling their day to day experiences or other topics of interest. This, I feel is a very healing part of their treatment , to give and receive support.

    I have heard on numerous occasions that it is not known who can stay at Hilltop. Patients who are undergoing chemotherapy/radiation or any other medical treatment and their carer and who live outside the Albury/Wodonga perimeter. Please phone me on 0260 214874 and inquire if you are eligible to stay at Hilltop.

    Hilltop, located beside Albury Hospital, can be your home for as long as the patient is undergoing treatment at a hospital or is an inpatient, this gives both the patient and carer a safe, financially economic and stress free environment to live close to treatment.

    If you live 100kms from your place of treatment and are from NSW you are eligible for IPTAAS (Isolated Patient Transport/Accommodation Subsidy) or from Victoria you are eligible for VPTAS (Victorian Patient Travel/ Accommodation Subsidy) and you will be out of pocket $15.00. I am able to advise you on how to apply for this subsidy. For those who live closer and cannot claim IPTAAS or VPTAS the cost is $50.00 per room per night. Helen Murray Manager 600 KEENE STREET (PO BOX 7055) ALBURY EAST NSW 2640 PHONE: 0260 214874 - FAX 0260 214814

    Testimonial from Judith:

    “Firstly heartfelt thanks to all persons who were responsible for making Hilltop , Albury/Wodonga Patient and

    Carer Accommodation Centre a reality.

    Whilst caring for my husband with multiple myeloma, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and after surgery

    required 6 weeks of treatment. We did not know how we were going to cope with the travelling everyday then we

    were given the information on Hilltop.

    I am now in my fifth week of treatment and staying here at Hilltop is our „Home away from Home.‟ Being able to

    prepare our meals in the kitchen has been a huge benefit.

    Manager, Helen has been wonderful and given me great support. Des and I wish you Helen every success in your

    new position”.

    Hilltop is operated by Fight Cancer Foundation on a not for profit basis.

    Albury Wodonga Patient & Carer Accommodation Centre

  • hydrotherapy pool every Wednesday at 12.30pm. For women who have or have had breast cancer, the exercises are gentle and focus mainly on lymphatic drainage. The format for the class is meet and change in time for a 12.30pm start, stretching, gentle exercise using equipment and relaxation to finish. The class ends at 1.30pm The cost is $5.

    H ydrotherapy is held at the Albury Base Hospital


    Committee Robyn Daly (02) 6021 5353

    Marg Harrison (02) 6021 4551

    Heather Knott (Treasurer) (02) 6059 2314

    Jody Hart (02) 6025 4697

    Marlene Gibson (02) 6021 6364

    Barbara Iverson (02) 6056 1437

    Genevieve Black Feel free to contact any committee member for information or support.

    Correspondence to: Robyn Daly– Co-ordinator 286 Ashman Ave East Albury 2640 Editor: Heather Knott Hydrotherapy contact: Marlene Gibson (02) 6021 6364

    Ruminations Robyn with

    Hi Everyone,

    We hope you have all kept warm and dry over the past few months. It certainly has been very wet this last week and making our Lake Hume look wonderful again. When you see the beautiful wattle blooming in all the different colours of gold and the pink bloom of the cherry blossom you know that spring is just around the corner, making you feel that little bit brighter.

    On the 19th of June, Heather and I were invited to the Albury Croquet Club to receive a cheque of $333. We want to thank past President Elwyn Ried and the members of the Club for this donation which will go towards the Prosthesis Program.

    One of our wonderful members, Di Russell celebrated her 70th Birthday with us at our June meeting. Di has been a long standing member of the group and she is an inspiration to us all. We all wish you many more birthdays Di.

    On June 20th, Heather and I, along with Fiona Jones and Pauline Harbick from Brave Hearts and about 10 other interested people, attended the National Breast Cancer Foundation 2013 National Community Conversations Forum. I was very disappointed with the lack of response to the evening as this major organisation does such wonderful work in the Research Field. It was a very interesting couple of hours. Heather‘s report is on page 6.

    Albury Wodonga Cancer Services Trust Fund held their Gala Dinner on the 28th June. I didn‘t think they could top last year‘s inaugural Gala Dinner, but they did, with that wonderful host Steve Bowen keeping the evening flowing and Glen Starr as Entertainment Director, showing us the versatility of his voice and stage presence. Young Amanual Visser had us all spell bound with his wonderful singing. The dancing, singing and music from all the other talented performers kept the night hopping. As usual the Commercial Club served up a delicious menu and the service was outstanding. $30,000 was raised on the night. Towards the end of the evening a very excited Editor of the Border Mail, Di Thomas, announced that Albury was to get a Headspace. So I think that topped off a very wonderful evening.

    Our July meeting was held at ―Hilltop‖ Albury Wodonga Patient and Carer Accommodation Centre. As you can see we have featured ―Hilltop‖ on the front of the tit tattler. Manager Helen Murray showed us through this wonderful facility and no wonder Helen is very proud of the centre. It is a home away from home and everyone who has stayed at ―Hilltop‖ have felt safe and supported.

    Helen has started a library in what is called ‗The Quiet Room‘, so to complement the comfortable lounge chairs and sofas, the AWBCSG members decided to donate two small coffee tables to this room. They are frosted glass so blend in beautifully with the Foundation Members Board of Opaque glass affixed to the wall of The Quiet Room.

    We want to congratulate Shane Crawford on his wonderful achievement for his mammoth bike ride of 3,600 kilometres from Melbourne to Perth. The ‗Tour De Crawf‘ raised just over $1.3 million for Breast Cancer Network Australia. We all know what wonderful work BCNA do. See Heather‘s article on BCNA on page 6.

    The Lions Club of Wodonga has once again included us in their annual donations to Community Groups with a wonderful cheque of $500. We appreciate their continued support and thank them for their generosity. This money will go towards the Care Bag Project.

    Our good friend Louise Humphrey from Health Focus Physiotherapy, was our guest speaker at our August meeting. Louise covered everything from exercise though to lymphoedema. We always look forward to Louise coming, as we always get our questions answered in terms we can understand. Thank you Louise.

    I, along with 600 community members, attended the Winter Solstice Evening for Survivors