SCU music student Lauren Coyle, of Lismore, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer but remains extremely positive about her situation.
SCU music student Lauren Coyle, of Lismore, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer but remains extremely positive about her situation. DAVID NIELSEN

Lauren’s brave cancer battle

POSITIVE energy exudes from Lauren Coyle, despite the fact she has just had surgery for breast cancer and is facing ongoing treatment for the next 12 months.

“People ask if I’m scared about having chemotherapy but I just think that as soon as I start it I am one step closer to remission,” the 25-year-old said.

Perhaps it is Lauren’s upbeat attitude that has made it so  easy for the friends and family to rally around.

Lauren’s basketball team-mates have been quick to organise a trivia night with the aim of raising money to ensure their friend can one day have children.

Their goal is to raise $2500 to pay the costs associated with harvesting and storing Lauren’s eggs, which have a 45 per cent chance of being damaged by chemotherapy and the clinical trial she is taking part in for the drug Avastin.

“That risk is pretty high when you are 25 and you know you want to have kids one day,” Lauren said.
Lauren discovered in late July she had cancerous tumours. Within six days she was in hospital having a mastectomy and the removal of one lymph node to try to stop the spread of the aggressive cancer.

The Southern Cross University singing student said she had hoped she would be spared breast cancer, but her diagnosis was hardly surprising given her mother and grandmother both had the disease.

“You don’t realise what good friends they are until they do something like this,” she said.

The Lismore Storm, State League Basketball team is holding its trivia night at Lismore Golf Club on September 26 at 7pm. For more information call Angela on 0410 777 572.

Lauren’s teachers at Southern Cross University’s School of Music have also organised a benefit concert tomorrow, at Lismore Bowling Club from 8pm.


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