Imagine you have just been diagnosed with breast cancer. The world as you know it has just been turned upside down and you have to ask yourself questions like:
- What is going to happen to me and my family now?
- How will I continue to work and earn money?
- Am I going to die?
- Who will look after my family if anything happens to me?
- How will my partner, family and friends react to my diagnosis?
- Will my life ever return to the way it was before I was diagnosed?
- What can I do? …. Where can I get help?
Statistically, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their life time. This means that this year, approximately 16,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer nationally and a little over 3,500 of those will come from Victoria. One per cent of all cases diagnosed will be men.
“Our focus is on wellness, rather than illness”
At Think Pink our focus is on the very real needs and struggles of those who have been diagnosed and are currently living through what is probably the most challenging time of their life.
At the Think Pink Foundation our focus is on helping people who have the disease – at every stage of the journey from initial diagnosis, through treatment and onto survivorship.
Simply put, our mission is to enable a better journey through breast cancer for patients and their families. Primarily, we do this by providing direct emotional, practical and physical support through a comprehensive range of programs we offer at our unique wellness centre called The Living Centre.
All of our programs are provided free of charge and we do not limit the number of visits by our clients. Importantly, all our services are available to breast cancer patients from any treatment centre and at any stage of their journey.
Research has shown that in addition to receiving best practice medical treatment, looking after the psychological and emotional aspects of the disease is also very important to patient outcomes, their wellbeing and quality of life.