Artwork portrays family bond

THE world turned upside down for Jenny Neubecker when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in March.

The mum of two is undergoing radiotherapy treatment after an operation to remove the cancer.

“It is really hard getting treatment because I am separated from my family, which is really difficult,” she said.

As a means of coping, Mrs Neubecker recently entered the Mural of Survivorship competition, which encourages people to enter an artwork they believe depicts some of their experiences.

The piece, Harry and Dean, displays the connection she shares with her grandmother, who also had breast cancer.

Mrs Neubecker has always been diligent with having regular check-ups after her mother's mother was a victim of breast cancer and her father's mother passed-away with the disease.

“Because of Grandma's struggle with breast cancer, having regular mammograms has been important to me but it was still a shock when I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” she said.

Her mother, Betty Cartmill, described how she felt, when her daughter was diagnosed, with one word: “devastated”.

“We just tried to be there for her and keep some normality in her life but it's the hardest thing in the world,” she said.

Mrs Neubecker said she could not have made it through without her family, friends, community members and the Wesley Hospital Kim Walters Choices program.

She has an important message.

“Go and have that mammogram. Even though it's an inconvenience and it takes time, breast cancer is far more inconvenient.”

To view Mrs Neubecker's artwork visit www.muralofsurvivorship.com.au.



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