Former councillor overwhelmed
FORMER Gladstone City councillor Kim Norton has not been forgotten by her Gladstone friends, despite moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2005.
Ms Norton is about to undergo her final round of chemotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer in February this year.
Her Gladstone friends rallied together to raise funds for cancer research during the recent Gladstone Relay for Life, raising about $10,000.
The 37-year-old who attended Kin Kora Primary School and Tooloola State High School said she was overwhelmed with the effort her friends put into raising funds.
She hasn’t just been overwhelmed by her friends’ efforts, with times throughout her cancer battling journey being overwhelming too.
“One of the most overwhelming things was going back in after the first surgery (of removing the cancerous lump) to have take the breast,” Ms Norton said.
“It wasn’t the removal, but more that there could have been more cancer there.
“The lump was larger than they originally anticipated. There was residual cancer tissue outside the lump as well.”
Ms Norton is about to undergo her sixth and final chemotherapy treatment.
She has to continue on a one-year course of the drug Herceptin and hormone treatment for five years, as her cancer tested positive for HER2, a protein receptor, and an oestrogen receptor.
Ms Norton also has to undergo 25 treatments in five weeks, which will finish three days before her 38th birthday.
“It’s been the fatigue that has really knocked me around,” she said.
Ms Norton is being supported by her husband Steven Burgess, along with step-children Hollie and Jackson.
“We’ve obviously tried to remain positive,” she said. “We’ve laughed where we can.”
Ms Norton said the treatments would leave her with a five per cent chance of cancer recurring.