Karen_CKaren_C Member Posts: 64

Hi, it’s been a little while since I have done a post but today I feel so blessed and want to share it with my sisters at BCNA.

Yesterday I celebrated my 60th birthday and so looking forward to my party on Saturday.  Since my diagnosis in 2006, my journey has certainly been challenging but I am still smiling and living a quality life thanks to medical technology, tenacity on my behalf and a willingness to keep myself as healthy as possible, physically and mentally.

I am blessed, because:-

My gorgeous family of men who have been with me and are with me all the way.

My wonderful sister and brother-in-law who give lots of love and generosity in sharing what they have with us. 

My guardian angels; Rae and Shaz who have taken me to so many chemotherapy appointments.   They are so dear to me.

To my other mates who constantly look out for me and have given me endless hours of happiness and heaps of care.

To my medical team – Dr. Mitchell Chipman, Oncologist extraordinaire, a magnificent human being; his support, Mary-Ann and the wonderful Janine Mount and team at St. Vincents Onocology unit.  My Radio Neurologist,  Dr. Claire Phillips from Peter Mac.  I consider these people my family as they have looked after me for 11 years!!!

In recent times, my physical conditioning team at Plenty Valley Health and YMCA in Mill Park.   So good.

BCNA who has provided help in so many ways during my journey and allowed me to be involved in some of their initiatives as a Consumer Representative.  I have found this invaluable, as it gives me a purpose and a way to share what I have experienced and gain knowledge on latest technologies and of course connect with people going through a similar journey;  sharing hurdles faced living with Advanced Breast Cancer.  Comfort in knowing you are not alone.

My 60th birthday party means so much more to me having Advanced Breast Cancer.   I have lost my health but have appreciation of what I have and thank my blessing every day.   I was told I only have 3 years to live in 2007 and here I am.   So, for now I have a chronic illness that is managed.  

Life is great!

Karen Cowley

Survivor 11 Years


  • wendy55wendy55 Copper Triangle South AustraliaMember Posts: 365
    Thank you for sharing this, it means so much to women like myself, I am 4 and a half years post diagnosis and your words give me so much hope,and like you I too have a fantastic medical support team and of course the people in my life who mean so much, your post will be of so much comfort to those ladies just diagnosed and those of us who are down the "road"
    a bit,in this world of metastatic breast cancer, and yes it is an illness that can be managed, I know that you will have a fantastic day, a day full of love, laughter and perhaps some happy tears, SO happy birthday for Saturday and as people keep telling me 60 is the new 40! enjoy a glass of bubbles or three, 
    thankyou - 
  • Summerhill38Summerhill38 Member Posts: 750
    Happy Birthday @Karen_C
    Celebrate like you've never celebrated before.
    Thank you for sharing your blessings above.  As @wendy55 says, it means a lot to others following your footsteps.
    Summer   :)
  • LMK74LMK74 BrisbaneMember Posts: 710
    @Karen_C, you are awesome and so inspiring and I sincerely hope you have a great birthday with many more to come.
    Put on those dancing shoes!!!   <3
  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 1,559
    Have a wonderful birthday and here's to decades in the future.
  • BarbieAnneBarbieAnne Adelaide Member Posts: 97
    Thanks for sharing your blessing with us. Happy 60th birthday - you have reason to celebrate
  • wendy_h67wendy_h67 Member Posts: 409
    Hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration on Saturday with family and friends.  It is a great mile stone to reach 60 years . I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer when I was 66yrs.  and now have turned 71 and counting., enjoying life and living life with a chronic illness and hoping the illness stays stable.  Have a great day! 
  • HITHIT Perth WAMember Posts: 261
    Happy Birthday Karen and have a great party - love the pic ... 
  • Barney74Barney74 Perth Member Posts: 81
    Happy 60th birthday have a lovely day x 
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 4,320
    Inspirational. Many Happy Returns. Kath x

  • Karen_CKaren_C Member Posts: 64
    Love this post.   Thanks so much and all the best to you.
    Karen C
  • Brenda5Brenda5 Burrum Heads, QldMember Posts: 1,974
    Every birthday is special for us but 60 is xtra xtra special. Happy birthday. <3
  • SoldierCrabSoldierCrab Bathurst NSW Member Posts: 2,388
  • adeanadean Member Posts: 1,025
    You enjoy your day. What a beautiful post.xxxxx
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,466
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