Shelley Dwyer (far right) with her Team Cupcake friends Carmen Wojcicki (left), Karyn Taege and Shona Walker will be selling Christmas sweets at the North Ipswich Newsagency for Shelley’s treatment.
Shelley Dwyer (far right) with her Team Cupcake friends Carmen Wojcicki (left), Karyn Taege and Shona Walker will be selling Christmas sweets at the North Ipswich Newsagency for Shelley’s treatment. Claudia Baxter

Cancer sufferer backed by group

SHE may be fighting her second bout of cancer, but mother-of-two Shelley Dwyer won’t be doing it alone.

A group of friends have formed a special support group just for her, Team Cupcake, so-called because of the pet name the ladies give each other.

“It is our way of unifying for Shelley,” team member Karyn Taege said.

“It is our way of saying that she is not battling alone – we are there with her.”

Composed of family, friends and acquaintances, she said the group aimed to raise funds to “take the pressure” off Shelley, by helping to pay for expenses such as medical costs.

The Raceview resident was diagnosed with secondary cancer six weeks ago and will undergo a new clinical trial in March.

Mrs Taege said in the long term they hoped to raise enough funds to support other affected local women.

On Saturday, Team Cupcake will hold a Christmas raffle and sweet stall at North Ipswich News from 7am to 5pm.

There will also be a raffle draw at 5pm.

The group also recently held an online auction through Facebook, with more than 170 items such as toys, clothes and electrical goods sold and $1194 raised in proceeds.

They have also taken their support online, establishing the Team Cupcake support page on Facebook.

Mrs Taege said they hoped to widen the network, taking the long-established Ipswich Breast Cancer Support Group, which is run by breast cancer survivor Colleen Julian, online on Facebook.

“It will be a page where people can discuss their diagnosis, treatment and fears,” she said.

Mrs Dwyer said the site would provide a valuable independent forum for others facing a similar battle.

“Sometimes you don’t want to burden friends,” she said.

“There are some things that you don’t want to share or talk about. If you could talk to people who have been, or are going through, the same thing it would be great.

“Even if you have supportive friends and family, if they haven’t been in the same shoes it is hard to describe what you are going through.”

She said she had “just about fell through the floor” when she got the call telling her the disease had spread.

The 34-year-old was first diagnosed two-and-a-half years ago, noticing a lump when she was driving home.

“I just reached over to get something and brushed against it and that got the ball rolling,” Mrs Dwyer said.



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