HAVING had a broken leg, melanoma, blood clot, hysterectomy, mastectomy and ovarian cancer over the past 11 years, Karen Wilson could be forgiven for some self-pity.
But that’s not the Lavington grandmother’s approach to life. Instead she remains upbeat as she continues to battle her ovarian cancer.
“It has its ups and downs, there are good and bad days, but I think it depends on your attitude,” Mrs Wilson said.
“If it’s good you get through it and if you mope about it you won’t get far.”
Mrs Wilson’s woes began in 2002 when she broke her right leg while playing touch football.
After having her limb encased in plaster, a melanoma was spotted on Mrs Wilson’s leg and removed before a blood clot developed, possibly through lack of movement.
Then she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2006 and had a hysterectomy and chemotherapy which saw the cancer become dormant for two years.
Unfortunately for Mrs Wilson, the cancer returned with Paget’s disease of the breast necessitating a mastectomy.
She is now on cancer-fighting tablets.
Mrs Wilson is telling her story to highlight the importance of combating cancer through activities such as Pink Ribbon Day tomorrow.
Pink ribbons will be sold tomorrow from Cancer Council stands at the Myer City Centre in Albury and Centro Lavington.
Mrs Wilson will continue her campaign at this weekend’s Relay for Life where she is the linchpin of Karen’s Inmates, a team which dresses in prison uniforms.