Show your support and purchase any specially marked Community Chest products between 30th September – 20th October 2020.
IGA has supported the McGrath Foundation for over 10 years. This inspiring organisation has 151 nurses in communities across Australia and has supported over 89,000 families.
McGrath Breast Care Nurse: Vicki Bell – Campbelltown, NSW
“Vicki has been AMAZING. So supportive through this whole nightmare. Helping us understand things ,so supportive during surgery, coming to see me in hospital and follow up calls, giving me so much information pre surgery- exercises, mastectomy bra, etc. I would be lost without Vicki” - Suzanna Ciol, NSW
“Fiona helped me to understand what was happening to me at each stage; offered other services i.e. head gear, travel sleeve, encore program. She was calm, kind & understanding & got my head straight. I don't think I would have made it without her”
McGrath Breast Care Nurse: Tania Bernhardt, Townsville, QLD
My McGrath nurse Tania truly is an angel. She is the most remarkable woman I know and I couldn’t have gotten through this journey without her. I’m so incredibly grateful that thanks to the McGrath Foundation I her beside me while I fight for my life and battle this horrid disease” Emma Wealleans, QLD
McGrath Breast Care Nurse: Sharon Shelford – Gympie, QLD
“My breast care nurse was more than adequate; she was excellent. Wealth of knowledge, took all the time needed to explain info & answer questions. Also, sharing knowledge of her updated skills with current lymphatic drainage course. Sharon is the most compassionate person & she loves her job. She went above & beyond call. I couldn’t have been more blessed”
McGrath Breast Care Nurses: Monica Jessop in Wagga & Eva Larson in Cootamundra / Young, NSW
“I had contact with 2 McGrath nurses one in Wagga where I had all my treatment; she was amazing & I couldn’t have done it without her. She came to all my chemo sessions. She then referred me to my local McGrath nurse at Cootamundra whom I have kept in touch with. She is truly wonderful, supportive, helpful & I would miss her terribly if she moved. No matter how sick, sore or frightened I have been, I have never felt alone”
IGA Nurse Stories
New South Wales – Karen Hennings
The importance of my relationship with my patients is paramount. I need to develop a rapport with them – I am their advocate in negotiating a path through the sometimes very complicated health care system. A breast cancer diagnosis is never easy, but a McGrath Breast Care Nurse can smooth the way.
Margaret was diagnosed earlier this year. She was very frightened as she knew there was cancer in her lymph nodes as well as her breast. At our first meeting in her home, we were able to have a long chat about her concerns. I answered her questions, provided some written information and helped her prepare for upcoming surgery. Since then, we have been in regular contact, I’ve attended specialist appointments with her, put her in touch with other services in our community (wig library, support group, lymphoedema therapist) and been a sounding board for any concerns or questions she has.
This is Marg at her chemo appointment last week, a very different lady to the fearful and teary lady I met in February. The relationship Marg and I have developed has benefited us both greatly. With each new patient I meet, I am challenged to find out how I can tailor my services to meet the needs of the patient and their family. Marg has benefitted from knowing she has someone to call, who will answer any questions she has and connect her with the people in her community who can best meet her needs.
Queensland – Cathy Apelt
About having the support of a McGrath Breast Care Nurse, Judy says, ‘Cathy really made sure I didn’t fall through the cracks of the system. Sometimes you can get a bit overwhelmed with all the information thrown at you. The surgeon has their job, the chemo doctor has their job, but a McGrath Breast Care Nurse is someone who is really focused on you, and can help you navigate your way through the system.’
Tasmania – Terri Lee Cooper
Each day I get to do something meaningful and important which can help to reduce the fears and concerns of my patients. The work I do makes such a difference to the women and men diagnosed with breast cancer in our community. I help coordinate care delivery and provide the information, education and support to help them make important decisions about their treatment at a time when they are feeling fragile and vulnerable. To me, this is not just a job. I get great satisfaction knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life, and hopefully make their experience a little less scary.
Victoria – Kerry Patford (IGA Nurse)
A really big part of my role is helping families keep home life as normal as possible during a time of crisis. Being able to deliver care in the patient’s home is very important is this respect. It means that they don’t have to find child care or travel to another medical appointment.
We can deliver care and support to them, in their own surrounds. It’s such a privilege to be let into a family like this, and know that you are making a difference during a really stressful time.
1c from each product with an IGA Community Chest ticket, 5c from any product in the Wonder Bread and Wraps range, 5c from selected (marked) Community Co Salads and (except WA) Love Beets Baby Beetroot 250g sold by Metcash Trading Limited to participating stores is donated to IGA Community Chest Trust ABN 69 041 266 146 (1 Thomas Holt Drive, Macquarie Park NSW 2113, P: (02) 9741 3000, E: [email protected], www.iga.com.au/communitychest). Between 30 Sept – 8 Oct 2020, all funds raised by IGA Community Chest through these products will be donated to the McGrath Foundation ABN 23 115 566 624. Excludes Foodland and Tasmania.