Small cup makes big difference
GOOD CAUSE: Coralyn Cowin, who is currently receiving chemotherapy, is holing a Biggest Morning Tea even in Logan Village to raise money for cancer research.
The Logan Village resident is currently battling cancer for the fourth time.
She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, and since then, has undergone many surgeries and gruelling chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Ms Cowin said her first cancer diagnosis came with mixed emotions.
"I was one of those people who felt something was wrong and I feared the worst," Ms Cowin said.
"When my fears were confirmed I was shocked, even though I was partly expecting it.
"But I was mostly pleased the doctors found the cancer early so they could do something about it."
Ms Cowin underwent four lumpectomy procedures to remove the tumour in one of her breasts.
But in 2001, Ms Cowin once again received the devastating news that another lump had been found in her breast and underwent more surgery to remove the tumour.
Then in 2008, she had a cancerous mole removed from her back.
She tried to continue on with life as usual but was again shocked when she learned she had breast cancer for the third time in December last year.
Within weeks of the diagnosis, Ms Cowin had the affected breast removed completely, with her remaining breast to be removed within the next couple of months.
After more than 15 years of battling cancer, Ms Cowin has decided she will host her own Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Queensland Cancer Council.
"You can't just lie down and let it get the better of you," she said.
"You have to be positive.
"There are definitely people out there worse off than me, and I can still help people, so that's what I'm doing."
Ms Cowin will be hosting her Biggest Morning Tea at the Logan Village Green on Wharf St, Logan Village, on Wednesday, May 30 from 10am.
Entry is $10 which includes morning tea, treats and coffee.
There will also be raffles, a mini cent auction, lucky door prizes and craft stalls featuring items made personally by Ms Cowin while she was undergoing treatment.
If you would like to donate to the Cancer Council, or hold your own morning tea, you can call 1300 65 65 85 or log onto www.biggestmorningtea.com.au.