Power play against cancer

Yvonne Power with her daughters Ellie and Charlotte holding pictures of her mother Susan Taylor-Shaw and mother’s partner Sarah Taylor-Shaw. Picture: Sam Gibbs
Yvonne Power with her daughters Ellie and Charlotte holding pictures of her mother Susan Taylor-Shaw and mother’s partner Sarah Taylor-Shaw. Picture: Sam Gibbs

Most people will be affected by cancer during their life through friends, family or even first-hand.

Yvonne Power has had more contact with the disease than most ” her mother Susan |Taylor-Shaw, her mother’s partner Sarah Taylor-Shaw and her aunty Mandy Talbott have all been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mrs Power said her mother’s partner Sarah was diagnosed before visiting for the birth of her first daughter and her mother Susan found a lump while visiting for the birth of her second daughter.

Susan and Sarah went on a cancer survivors retreat after being cleared when her Sarah found another lump.

Mrs Power said her mother and her partner both lived in Wales and she could not visit because of her two young girls.

‘They were both dealing with it and I was over here feeling helpless and depressed,’ she said.

Mrs Power said she was likely to develop cancer because of family history and worried about the health of her two daughters.

‘Having two daughters who could be at risk in the future weighs on a mum’s mind,’ she said.

Mrs Power started the Just For You team for the Walk to Cure Cancer to help her family and people in similar situations.

‘It’s nice to be around people with similar stories who can share what you are going through,’ she said.

Mrs Power said her mother, Sarah and aunty Mandy had finished their treatments and were well.

‘My story sounds bad, but all my family survived. I’m very grateful; it could have been much worse,’ she said.

Mrs Power’s team has eight members who hope to raise $2000 to participate in the 60km overnight walk.

The Walk to Cure Cancer will be held on March 16 and 17.

Donations can be made to Mrs Power’s team at http://pr14. endcancer.org.au /goto/justforyou.