My McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Jude, was the first person to see me after my mastectomy. I was really upset and she gave me a cuddle and settled me down. It would have been a very difficult process without her. I wouldn’t have had the support I needed and the jokes and the fun. The community needs these nurses
Toni Boyer, Albury, New South Wales
It makes a difference having someone that you know you can
call. If I ask Cathy, my McGrath Breast Care Nurse, a question and she can’t answer it on the spot, she goes to a person she knows who can. She always comes back to me with the answer. She talks to you like a human. There is nothing put on. There is just honesty.
Janette Hooson, Currimundi, Queensland
My McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Tracey, has been with me for over two years. Throughout this whole rollercoaster she has been my rock – my confidante, my library, my hero. I couldn’t do this without her.
Annette Zuydam, Burnie, Tasmania
It’s a gift having a McGrath Breast Care Nurse. My first time with breast cancer I did it by myself, and it took way longer to clear everything: my head, my body, my health. Jo has been instrumental in helping me to understand what’s going on, the choices I have and the services and things which can help me.
Sharon Driessen, Crib Point, Victoria
The ability to have education and support in a compassionate manner during a time of turmoil and medical intervention is sometimes limited in a rural community, but through the McGrath Foundation, I can fulfil this need and hopefully reduce the burden of isolation felt by many.
Dianne Green, McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Parkes
When women are diagnosed with breast cancer they are thrown into a time of crisis – it’s not just them, but their family as well. They are often given a huge amount of information in a very short period of time. A breast care nurse helps to unravel all that.
Karen Miles, McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Ipswich
What people need during their experience with breast cancer is highly individual. Nothing is out of bounds. If I can instil at the beginning that nothing is out of bounds – whether it is your relationship or family or information about the risks and benefits of chemo or sexuality – then I feel I have done my job well.
Cathy Apelt, McGrath Breast Cancer Nurse, Sunshine Coast
Knowledge is power, and can help people cope better. If you know what’s going on, you’re a bit more in control – because you can be completely out of control with cancer.
Jo Lovelock, McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Mornington
There's so much that individuals can do for themselves, especially young women, who are told time and time again that breast cancer is not going to happen to them. They're the ones with careers and families and they are the ones we are losing. It saddens and angers me because it needn't happen.
Jane McGrath, Founder, McGrath Foundation (1966-2008)
As long as there is a family out there experiencing breast cancer and needing our help, or a young girl out there who needs additional support, the McGrath Foundation will continue to try to make a difference.
Tracy Bevan, Foundation Ambassador & Director, McGrath Foundation
The simple fact is that we couldn't do what we do without the help of everyone out there. I'm continuously blown away to see how generous people are and I know Jane would be so proud of how far we've all come
Glenn McGrath, Co-Founder and President, McGrath Foundation