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A Mum’s Journey



Photo: Inspiring local Mum, Joan Hayward. Image supplied.

Local Emu Plains Resident Joan Hayward has openly shared her story of overcoming Ovarian Cancer last year. Joan courageously fought her disease and in doing so evoked a strong and positive attitude among those around her and others fighting the disease.

Joan is the eldest of 8 children, a mother of 3 and a grandmother to 10. She was an active member of the work force for 54 years and has now been retired for the past 6 years. Dedicating her time predominantly to charity, Joan has volunteered at both Nepean and Governor Phillip Hospital through the Red Cross and taught exercises at Penrith Police Boys Club, Victoria Street Cottage and other venues. She is also an active member of the Arthritis Association and local View Club and is involved in other local activities including the Wrap with Love programme at Penrith Library.

Joan’s cancer journey began in July 2015 when she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. Since then she has undergone both surgery and chemotherapy. At the time of her diagnosis Joan says “my general health was good, I had no pain and had not had any dramatic unexplained weight loss which for me was a very good start”.

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