I am a Good Shepherd Sister based on the Southern Peninsula since the early 1980s. At that time I established a respite centre at our Convent in Portsea, for women under stress, where they could come with their children, have a stress free holiday in a peaceful environment, and receive counselling if needed.
In 1987 I met a mother of three children under 5, who with her husband had moved from Queensland to Sorrento for work purposes. She was diagnosed shortly after with breast cancer, and had to travel each day by bus/train to Peter Mac for chemotherapy treatment. I made an appeal for help from the community.
This was the beginning of what was to become the transport service of Southern Peninsula Cancer Support group, which continues to this day and over the years has not only provided transport, but also friendship and company for patients on their journey.
Since Frankston Private opened in 2006, I have been part of both the Peninsula Oncology Centre and Peninsula and Southeast Oncology team in a volunteer capacity; providing a support service for patients, their families & carers.
My role to all that I come in contact with is that of a companion on their journey – to listen, to reassure, to comfort and advise them if necessary, and to encourage them.