Illness inspires message

Rockingam’s Elisabeth Car.
Rockingam’s Elisabeth Car.

Elisabeth Car (79) has lived in the area since 1968 after moving from Austria.

She discovered a lump on her breast after a minor fall she had nearly five years ago, but did not tell anyone as it did not cause her pain.

Three years later, she developed lower back pain and told her granddaughter Monique Elisabeth Akkerman, who is now her full time carer.

‘I took her to the doctors where, after a few tests, we discovered it was secondary breast cancer,’ Ms Akkerman said. ‘The small lump in her breast had spread to her bones.

‘By this stage, the cancer was terminal and it now was about prolonging her life and giving her the best quality of life possible.

‘Words can’t describe what an incredible person Elisabeth is and how no day will be the same without her here.’

Elisabeth’s family will be holding a ‘bring a plate’ Pink Morning Tea at 10.30am on Sunday, October 27, at 302 Safety Bay Road, Safety Bay, to celebrate Elisabeth and raise money for the Cancer Council.

‘My message is that women’s cancers are very real and every day in Australia, around 50 women are diagnosed with breast or gynaecological cancer,’ she said.

‘I ask everyone to wear a pink ribbon or pink on Monday, October 28, which is Pink Ribbon Day, to raise awareness of women’s cancers and to help beat women’s cancers.’

To donate, visit wa.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/monzy21.