Tra-cey Duval and Marilyn Pittman.
Tra-cey Duval and Marilyn Pittman. The Northern Star

Mum's dying wish is to see her twins start school

MARILYN PITTMAN has accepted she will die from breast cancer.

Her only wish now is to live long enough to see her 18-month-old twins start school.

However, doctors have told her she may only have another six months to live.

Mrs Pittman said miracles did happen.

She and her husband, Anthony, tried to have a baby for 10 years and at the age of 51 she discovered she was pregnant with Anthony Junior and Meyeh. “We finally got lucky,” she said.

Mrs Pittman, of Lismore, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and underwent a partial mastectomy and radiotherapy.

Unfortunately, after the birth of her children, the cancer returned.

“It was very aggressive and became terminal very quickly,” she said.

Mrs Pittman left the St Vincent's Hospital palliative care unit yesterday to attend the Aboriginal Women and Healing Through the Cancer Journey forum, held at the Goonellabah Community Centre.

The forum was held to encourage Aboriginal women to have breast cancer screening.

Tra-cey Duval, of Casino, said that when she discovered she had breast cancer, just after the death of her husband, she wanted to die.

“I thought it was a way to be with him,” she said.

It was through the support of her family and for the sake of her two children, Waverly and Jett, that she found the strength to seek treatment. “The kids needed me,” she said.

Mrs Duval is now in remission.

She said Aboriginal women were reluctant to undergo breast cancer screening because many health services were culturally inappropriate.

Mrs Duval said that more should be done to encourage Aboriginal women to undergo screening.



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