Cancer patient wins wish
By MARY MANN
A TRIP to Sydney to see music star Missy Higgins play has lifted the spirits of local breast cancer sufferer Gabrielle Murphy.
The 41-year-old entered a competition advertised on the morning television show Sunrise last Monday, which asked her to describe her most liberating moment.
For her entry she wrote about her cancer diagnosis the week before.
She also described the operation she would have that morning to remove the cancerous lump and lymph nodes, and she talked about a topless photo shoot she did with her photographer friend Jayne Creamer.
"My breasts are my womanhood," Gabrielle, of Skennars Head, said. "I knew I'd never be the same again."
"There's the possibility I will need a mastectomy. I wanted to record the part of me which wouldn't be there any more.
"Jayne suggested we do the shoot, which was a great idea.
We did it at Boulders Beach, and I think the fishermen appreciated it as well!"
Gabrielle and Jayne will fly to Sydney on Thursday night to be at the Missy Higgins Sunrise concert at the Plaza at Martin Place on Friday morning.
"I've loved Missy Higgins since she started," she said.
She hopes the time off work while she is recovering will allow her more time to play her guitar, which she calls her pride and joy.