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Barb's battle with breast cancer leads to support

NINE years ago Barb Pinter found a lump in her breast and got it checked out.

At the time it was diagnosed as a fibroadenoma - or benign tumour - but within two years it was found to be a malignant cancer which had spread to her lymph nodes.

She then spent a 'horrific' year living in Brisbane where she underwent a mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Ms Pinter chose to move from Byron Bay to Brisbane while she underwent the treatment because she wasn't able to drive.

She was able to stay with family up there, but had to leave her two children with their father.

The best thing to come out of living in Brisbane at that difficult time was having 'support groups coming out my ears', she said.

When she returned to Byron Bay she found there wasn't a breast cancer support group, so she started one.

Since forming in 2004, 57 people have been involved with the group and a further 32 women have been given telephone support.

This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and anyone walking past Railway Park in Byron on Saturday would have seen a love heart made from pink corflute ladies.

“They represent the 13,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia every year,” Ms Pinter said.

The Byron Bay Breast Cancer Support Group is collecting funds and raising awareness all this month.

The group now meets on the third Wednesday of every month in the Senior Citizen's Hall in Marvel Street, where they have relaxation and meditation sessions, morning tea, guest speakers and share a resource library.

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