Wendy wages war against breast cancer for a second time
SITTING opposite her doctor five years after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Wendy Barnes was waiting to be told she had the all-clear.
Instead she was told the heart-breaking news that she had breast cancer again.
The 48-year-old Mooloolaba woman said she was gutted when she first found out, but has since accepted it as part of her journey.
Wendy found the original lump when she was only 43. It was removed and she was was given chemotherapy and radiation.
This time round the mother of three has undergone a double mastectomy and had the first of six rounds of chemotherapy.
"I feel so sorry for my family. They have seen me go through it once and now they have to see it again," she said.
"They are strong and they see me and I am strong.
"I believe it (the cancer) is never coming back. Your mind is so strong and powerful."
Wendy said it would be easy to let the bitterness and anger take over but it was more productive and healthy to be positive.
Over the weekend Wendy's family and friends showed their support for her by colouring and shaving their heads.
Her daughter Tayla, 18, went completely bald for her mum.
"I am so proud of everyone who took part in the shave," Wendy said.
"I have the most amazing family and great friends."
Wendy is already looking to the future, planning to compete in next year's Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer and the Pan Pacific Masters Games.
She hit the bitumen last year to prove there was life after cancer and is determined to do it again.
Wendy's advice to anyone who may be going through a similar situation is to set yourself goals and always strive to reach them.