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Collapse Issue 467 - 08 Apr 2019Issue 467 - 08 Apr 2019
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Development action groups to consider joining forces
Mehrtens questions generator pollution at Woy Woy tip
Palm Beach ferry runs aground
Technical failure blamed for ferry grounding
Nursing home approved for sensitive bushland
ACF branch to raise Hillview St objections with Ministers
Celebrating 100 years
Approval to strata subdivide Atlantis building
Chamber calls for 'swift action' on local planning panels
CCTV cameras installed at Umina
Anzac Day services around the Peninsula
Veterans' families to receive commemorate crosses
Environment network to screen seismic testing film
Labor promises second Ettalong foreshore project
Money raised to restore community garden
Almost a tonne of waste taken from Empire Bay waters
Feedback wanted on water price drop
Charity run to include new event
Bays group holds annual meeting
Easter book fair held for 43rd time
Events planned for Youth Week
Free school holiday activities
Free activities for families with young children
Kids' market will have Easter theme
Volunteers receive community service awards
Pride of workmanship awards have been presented
Rotary to develop better communication strategies
Ulysses motorcycle club looks for new members
CWA members take out competition awards
CWA vegan scones in demand at festival
Trees planted at CWA hall
Men's Shed to hold garage sale
Dinghy retrieved from channel
Garage sale for Sydney eye hospital
Produce swap at community garden
Easter hat parade
Elders speak on Harmony Day
Suicide awareness program to run at community centre
Charity lunch for disabled surfers' association
Pre-school children visit retirement village
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Ettalong commercial zone should have three-storey limit
We need to address State planning laws
Time for exhaustive consultation again
Controls are designed to prevent the worst development
Seriously reckless behaviour in school traffic
Consider an independent
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Creating a 'warmer softer environment'
Cancer diagnosis was at once a relief and devastating
New plastic surgeon at hospital
Knitting blankets for charity
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Author to speak at art exhibition launch
New gallery has launched
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Text messages used to chase parents of absentees
Musicians and singers perform under the stars
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Photography students make pin-hole camera
Grant for a new garden
Selling cakes on election day
Chinese folk dancers for Harmony Day
Students learn history from Grandpa Fred
Hall redevelopment
Learning about native wildlife
Parents' group seeks volunteers
Keep sick children at home, principal asks
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Jemma Smith named for three international events
Southern Spirit juniors finish an undefeated season
Ettalong junior part of winning Central Coast bowls side
Umina juniors contest grand final
Bowlers celebrate work of their patron
All swimmers competed in finals
Rugby league players selected for schoolboy teams
Stridsman trains in Colorado Springs
Jemma Smith featured in national campaign
Ettalong competes in summer league
Ettalong women's major singles final

Cancer diagnosis was at once a relief and devastating

Ms Danica Williams of Umina said she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins lymphoma after two years of misdiagnosis.

The correct diagnosis was relieving and completely devastating all at once, she said.

"I now had an answer, but I wasn't supposed to survive," Ms Williams said.

But survive she did.

"After my treatment, I was still so sick.

"My immune system was shot.

"I had neuropathy. All my muscles had wasted away and I couldn't walk down my driveway because I'd lost so much muscle condition and could hardly breathe properly.

"As a patient, you and your family just put everything into getting through the cancer treatment and surviving, so we relied on friends, family and support organisations for so much else," she said.

"The Leukaemia Foundation provided me with access to an exercise physiologist who helped get me back on my feet, and relearn pretty much everything."

Ms Williams received support through the Leukaemia Foundation's Young Bloods program, which helps those aged under 25 diagnosed with blood cancer or affected by a blood cancer.

The program was financially supported by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation.

Charitable Foundation acting chair Ms Jennifer Leslie said the Foundation had launched a campaign, Help Rewrite the Future, to raise awareness of the projects the Foundation had supported financially.

"Each case study in this campaign shows how profound the impact can be on the life of people and families who've benefitted from just one of the Charitable Foundation's projects."

Ms Williams agreed to be one case study.

"We're so grateful that Danica has given her time and been vulnerable in sharing her emotional and inspiring story of how her life has changed."

Ms Williams said her participation in the campaign enabled her to help others realise there are people and organisations within the community who are dedicated to helping others overcome adversity, and realise a better future for them and their loved ones.

Ms Leslie said: "The Charitable Foundation supports projects which have a genuine capacity to make the future better for people facing disadvantage, isolation or marginalisation."

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