Denise Sweeney, a cancer survivor, continues to raise awareness of Gynaecological Cancers and is embarking on another road trip in March this year after completing one in 2018 up the NSW coast from her home town of Newcastle.
In 2008 Denise was diagnosed with endometrial adenocarcinoma, the most common type of gynaecological cancer. After having a complete hysterectomy the odds were in her favour with a 95 per cent cure rate. But four months later, her cancer returned as a rare and aggressive clear cell endometrial tumour with a poor prognosis.
At the time of her diagnosis she was doing her Masters of Health Psychology and will describe the steps she took to give herself the best chance of beating the odds as she underwent major surgery, chemo and radiation. By telling her story she wants to support other women experiencing a gynaecological cancer as well as support women experiencing other types of cancer because our experiences can be similar.
Denise is a ten year cancer survivor this year and will talk about her recovery from the side effects of treatment as well as how she keeps herself healthy. Her focus is on early detection and prevention, which is why she also talks about cancer screening as well as the risk factors and symptoms associated with gynaecological cancers.
Denise wrote about her experiences, which is documented in her published memoir, Steps to Survival Gynaecological Cancers: Raising Awareness and My Own Private Battle. The Forward is written by Dr Geoff Otton, Gynaecologic Oncologist.
Her talks at Gloucester, Wingham and Bulahdelah are free but bookings are recommended. For further information go to www.stepstosurvival.com.au