Carol Nelson finds laughter helps her recover from tough life challenge.By Estelle Griepink
Kialla’s Carol Nelson hasn’t let her battle with breast cancer dampen her sense of humour.
The mother-of-four counts the day she shaved her head as one of her worst, when she cried all night and could not face work the next day.
‘‘We laughed about it later, though,’’ Mrs Nelson, 47, said. ‘‘And the best thing was I didn’t have to shave my legs.’’
Despite her positive attitude, there is no denying Mrs Nelson’s journey has been tough.
She had six months of ‘‘awful’’ chemotherapy and underwent a double mastectomy with a reconstruction in December last year.
Mrs Nelson said she was diagnosed two years ago, when she visited a doctor for a check-up soon after her sister Christi discovered her own breast cancer.
The doctor found three tumours in Mrs Nelson’s breast and armpit.
‘‘He said, ‘If you have waited a couple more months, it would have been a different story,’ and that’s never left my mind, because I could not be here,’’ Mrs Nelson said. ‘‘It was just a shock.’’
Mrs Nelson and her sister have since got matching tattoos, which feature the pink breast cancer ribbon on a butterfly design with both women’s names.
‘‘I never thought I’d get a tattoo at this age. It’s pretty special,’’ she said.
On the eve of The News’ Pink Ribbon Brunch, which Mrs Nelson will attend with friends, she had one important message.
‘‘It’s so important to detect it as soon as you can,’’ she said.
‘‘I couldn’t feel my tumours even after I was told they were there.’’
Mrs Nelson said she was looking forward to spending time with other women who were battling or had overcome breast cancer.
She described the support from Shepparton’s breast care nurses as ‘‘amazing’’.
‘‘And the women in my support group are just wonderful, we can laugh about things. I don’t like wearing pink, but I will be wearing it for the brunch,’’ she said.
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