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In 2008 Denise was diagnosed with endometrial adenocarcinoma, the most common type of gynaecological cancer. After having a complete hysterectomy the odds were in her favour with a 95% cure rate.

However four months later Denise’s cancer returned as a rare and aggressive clear cell endometrial tumour with a poor prognosis.

By telling her story Denise wants to raise awareness of gynaecological cancers and outline the steps she took to give herself the best chance of beating the odds as she underwent major surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Denise draws on her psychology training to use evidence based strategies in her treatment and ultimate survival.

She speaks at a variety of community/health events to give hope and support to other women experiencing cancer. Denise also talks about the risk factors and symptoms  associated with gynaecological cancers to help women become more aware of them, and seek medical advice sooner, if they notice any unusual and persistent changes in their bodies.

Events

Event Title Event Picture Event Details
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Meeting Room
Ridley Street
Thursday 24th October 2019
6-8pm
Registration at http://www.stickytickets.com.au/92897

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Meeting Room
Ridley Street
Saturday 26th October 2019
1-3pm
Registration at http://www.stickytickets.com.au/92902

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Meeting Room
Salvation Army Centre
Belmont
Tuesday 11th June 2019
1.30pm to 2.30pm
Guest Leader/speaker "The Story of a Cancer Survivor"

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School of Arts Hall
76 Crawford Street
Bulahdelah.
Saturday 16th March 2019
1-3pm
Registration at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/81816

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"The Courtroom"
Old Wingham Courthouse
4 Farquhar Street
14th March 2019
10am -12pm
Registration at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/81818

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Gloucester CWA Hall
108 Church Street
Wednesday 13th March 2019
2-4pm
Registration at https://www.stickytickets.com.au/81817
Gloucester Advocate article

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"The Dungeon"
Adamstown Uniting Church
Tuesday 30th October, 2018
1.30pm to 2.50pm
Guest Leader/speaker "The Story of a Cancer Survivor"

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Tamworth Community Centre
The School Room
Darling Street, Tamworth NSW
Wednesday 24th October 2018
1.30pm to 3.30pm
Free
Please register at www.stickytickets.com.au/75128 

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Each Wednesday in September 2018
(5th, 12th, 19th and 26th)
Walks are flat, easy paced and cater for various walking abilities
10.00am for 15 minute walk
11.00am for 30 minute walk
2.00pm for 1 hour walk
Meet at Lambton Park Memorial Gates
Walks are organised by Denise Sweeney
Cancer survivor, walker, author and health advocate
Wear comfortable and suitable walking shoes


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Multi-purpose Building
Thorne Street, Toronto NSW
Thursday August 15, 2018
2.30pm to 4pm
Guest Leader

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Muree Golf Club,
Raymond Terrace
August 3, 2018
Guest Speaker

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St Cuthbert's Anglican Church Hall
Cnr Florence & Powell St., Tweed Heads (opposite hospital)
Wednesday 30 May 2018
2-3 pm
Bookings at www.stickytickets.com.au/67422

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Lismore Library
110 Magellan Street
Monday 28 May 2018
1.30 to 2.30 pm
For bookings ring Lismore library on (02) 6621 2464

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Women's Health Centre Coffs Harbour
45-53 Little Street
Wednesday 23 May 2018
2-3 pm
Bookings at www.stickytickets.com.au/67421

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CWA Tea Rooms
Quay North Building
17-19 Horton Street, Port Macquarie
Monday 21 May 2018
2-3 pm
Bookings at www.stickytickets.com.au/67369

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Guest Speaker
Wednesday 28th March 2018
Charlestown Bowling Club
Lincoln Street, Charlestown NSW

 

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Taree Library
242 Victoria Street
Tuesday 28 November 2017
1.30pm -2.30pm
Free
For bookings contact Library on 6592 5290

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Forster Library
4-12 Breese Parade
Monday 27 November 2017
10.30am - 11.30am
Free
For bookings contact library on 6591 7256

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Hunter New England Centre for Gynaecological Cancer
Education Day for women recently diagnosed with cancer
Guest Speaker
Fort Scratchley Function Centre
Monday 16 October 2017

 

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Sydney Nursing School
University of Sydney
Mallet Street, Camperdown
Postgraduate Study Day for Cancer and Haematology Nursing Students
Guest Lecturer
"Navigating the Cancer Experience"
Friday, 18th August 2017

 

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Westmead Hospital
Westmead Hospital Gynaecological Cancer Support Group
Friday 11 August 2017
10.30am to 12.30 pm
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Toronto Diggers Club (RSL)
Wednesday 5th July 2017
11.00AM
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8-10 Queen Street, 
Singleton NSW 2330
Wednesday 26 April 2017
10.30am - 11.30am
Free    
Bookings required
Contact Library on 02 6578 7500 
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Friday 7th April 2017
1.30pm to 2.30pm
Hunter Room City Hall, Newcastle NSW
Free Session, no bookings required.