By Cath Kavanagh, Mental Health Professional
Rae (from our ITC Program) and I met Lucie almost 2 years ago when she started coming along to the Broome Cancer Support Group at Circle House. Lucie’s fit and healthy partner Roscoe had been diagnosed with melanoma cancer in 2016.
While Roscoe underwent treatment both Lucie and Roscoe were a true inspiration and force – keeping a positive outlook on life, continuing to live life to the fullest and doing all the things they love, despite this great challenge.
Lucie was an exceptional partner and carer to Roscoe throughout all of this. Sadly Roscoe passed away in January 2018 – the hardest and greatest loss Lucie has experienced. She misses her Roscoe every day.
Lucie has continued to attend the Broome Cancer Support Group and importantly she has continued to provide peer-support to other group members, showing them great love and care as they endure their own life journeys affected by cancer.
It’s just been awesome, meeting new people, sitting down and having a chat. People ask me about it, they think we sit there and talk about cancer, but I just tell them we don’t, we just talk about what’s going on in our lives and if you want to tell your story you can and people will listen to it.
Now it just feels like catching up with old friends. People ask me about it, they think we sit there and talk about cancer, but I just tell them we don’t, we just talk about what’s going on in our lives and if you want to tell your story you can and people will listen to it. Now it just feels like catching up with old friends.
Cath and Rae [from Boab Health] and Liz from the Cancer Council have been awesome, just supporting and being there.
Lucie, Broome Cancer Support Group participant and advocate
I keep coming to the group even since Roscoe has gone because it helps me to keep moving on. It’s just awesome. I look forward to going each month.
This month is the Cancer Council’s The March Charge for Cancer and Lucie (and her 2 dogs…unknowingly!!) has signed herself up for the ultimate challenge – to walk/run 200kms in the month of March with a fundraising goal of $2000.
The March Charge is a fun, personal fitness challenge that has an enormous impact on how cancer is researched and treated. Just by walking or running for the Cancer Council this March, and by raising funds, the Cancer Council can charge ahead with cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.
Get behind Lucie with us! Give her the encouragement to keep her legs moving and walking / running those kilometres and support her by making a donation to help her reach and exceed her fundraising goal of $2,000.
You can make a quick and easy donation by clicking on this link: https://www.themarchcharge.com.au/fundraisers/luciepaniora
Thank you Lucie for sharing your story, your strength and your support!