THESE three friends have all been touched by cancer in different ways but they have one thing in common — a desire to live life to the full and think positive.
The city turned a sea of pink Sunday morning as mums across South Australia gave up breakfast in bed to participate in the annual Mother’s Day Classic.
The woman were among 8500 people to walk or run the 4.3km and 7.2km through the Botanic Garden to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Michelle Murphy, 47, met breast cancer sufferer, Jenni Eyles, 43, after she was diagnosed with stomach cancer nine weeks ago.
Ms Murphy signed up to participate in the event and just one week later found out she had cancer herself.
“When I got cancer I was so overwhelmed because they throw every leaflet at you, so a friend told me about Jenni and we met over coffee and she said ‘take each day slowly and throw the leaflets away’,” she said.
“I’ve just done two lots of chemo and I’m in on Thursday for a laparoscopy and I’ll have to have my stomach removed.”
It was an achievement in itself she managed to complete the 4.3km walk — the first walk Ms Murphy’s finished since she was diagnosed.
Despite the tough times ahead, Ms Murphy remained steadfastly positive.
“I’m not wasting my tears on this … I’m just staying positive right the way through,” she said.
The walk was also a personal one for her new friend, mother-of-two Jenni Eyles, who was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 months ago.
“I had one breast removed, six months of chemo, 32 rounds of radiotherapy and now I’m just on medication but six weeks ago I had my other breast removed,” she said.
She too said she will not let the cancer win. “You either give in or get on,” she said.
Anne Castle, 58, said both her friends were inspirational.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia, with 47 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed each day.
One in eight Australian women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Sadly, on average, seven women die from breast cancer in Australia every day.