LAST year, Ellenbrook resident Corrina Hewlett was dealt devastating news after a routine mammogram picked up invasive lobular carcinoma – an aggressive form of breast cancer.
The WA Police administration officer and mum of one said she was shattered by the news.
“I had a clear result at 40, a clear result at 42 and then at 44 they found the cancer,” she said.
“I had a double mastectomy, followed by breast reconstructive surgery and hormone blocking treatment.”
Just three weeks after her surgery, Ms Hewlett returned back to work.
“For me, being at work was easier; I wanted the distraction and the routine,” she said.
“When you’re going through something like cancer, things aren’t always in your control so it really helped to go back to work when I was well enough after my surgery.”
Throughout the ordeal, Ms Hewlett received an abundance of support from her colleagues at WA Police in Midland.
“They were so supportive of me the whole time,” she said.
“My surgery was at the hospital across the road from my workplace and my colleagues were there with me at lunch time and after work.
“To have their support meant the world to me and my son.”
Ms Hewlett said Cancer Council WA helped her physically and emotionally throughout her cancer journey.
“As a woman going through breast cancer, you don’t always feel very nice about yourself and the changes that are happening to your body,” she said.
“They offered me a range of complementary therapies that helped me to feel better about myself, especially after the surgeries.”
Cancer Council’s iconic fundraising event, Daffodil Day, will take place this year on Friday, August 24 to raise funds for life-saving cancer research.
The not-for-profit is celebrating 25 years of the fundraiser with the release of Policeman Dougal, who will be exclusively available for purchase in WA.
Money raised on Daffodil Day will enable Cancer Council WA to continue their research, education and support services.
Donate at www.daffodilday.com.au