IT WAS only after Sue Kirkegaard took hold of her health that she discovered she had cancer, and she's glad she did.

Ms Kirkegaard knows if she had not become healthy, and lost 25kg, her fight with breast cancer would have been much different.

"It would have been about 2013. I decided I was at that point in my life where I was overweight, I was unhealthy, I had no energy, no motivation and so I decided to do something about my health for the long term," she said.

"So I started watching what I was eating and 12 months later I had lost about 25kg."

Ms Kirkegaard said it was going through that process she found a lump in her breast, not getting it checked out until months later like she admits she should have.

She had to undergo a full mastectomy which was followed by chemotherapy. Being able to come out of that "really well" she attributes to Blush Cancer Care.

FUNDS FOR BLUSH: Breast cancer survivor Sue Kirkegaard has started Apodidomi to raise funds for Blush Cancer Care and awareness of breast cancer.
FUNDS FOR BLUSH: Breast cancer survivor Sue Kirkegaard has started Apodidomi to raise funds for Blush Cancer Care and awareness of breast cancer. Nev Madsen

"I am really keen to support them. But in the process of supporting them financially, really bring awareness to women the importance of good health and taking time to looking after yourself."

Ms Kirkegaard left her job of 12 years in December to establish Apodidomi, a Greek word which means to give back, return and restore.

She will host intimate gatherings for women to share the importance of self care as well as larger fundraisers to raise money for Blush.

Her first fundraising afternoon tea will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 2-4pm at the CUA community hub in Ruthven St. For more call Ms Kirkegaard on 0423 603 195.



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