Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Eat Pink to Help Patients

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Eat Pink to Help Patients

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Byline: LEAH WHITE leah.white@northernstar.com.au

LISMORE mum Naomi Downs-Cartledge was married just six months before she discovered a lump under her arm.

Tests revealed she had a highly aggressive form of breast cancer which had already spread to her lymph nodes.

The road to recovery began with a mastectomy follow by a three-month regime of strong chemotherapy every three weeks, before an intensive 12-week session of chemotherapy every week.

Following that, Mrs Downs-Cartledge will undergo radiation therapy and then a "targeted phase" of drug treatment.

Despite the ordeal, the mother of two counts herself lucky.

She narrowly missed a "death sentence", falling just short of a stage four breast cancer diagnosis which would have meant the cancer had spread to other areas of the body such as the brain, bones, lungs and liver.

Mrs Downs-Cartledge said the journey to recovery would have been a great deal harder had it not been for the support of the Breast Cancer Network Australia. …

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