ABC journalist & the Babytalk Podcast
In a long career working for the ABC in a range of different positions she says talking about babies with experts is her favourite job.
Moving to Ballarat in 2012 was a chance to live in regional Victoria and enjoy parenthood and being close to family. What wasn’t expected was a diagnosis of breast cancer in early 2013.
‘I was completely shocked when my GP said it’s cancer. I had only just randomly located a lump. I didn’t have any history or expectation of cancer. It took me a while to find my feet after hearing the news.’
As any cancer survivor will tell you diagnosis is swiftly followed by a flurry of tests, surgeries, treatment plans. ‘There’s not much room to think and a lot of information you need to absorb quickly’. Knowing how hard it is to come to terms with a diagnosis and the flood of information that follows, Penny Johnston suggested to the Grampians Integrated Cancer Service that a podcast ‘might help’.
The Cancer Survivor Guide podcast has slowly been discovered and used by people in the Grampians region and beyond to unpack what their cancer treatment might mean to them.
Three new podcasts outlining what allied health services on offer in Ballarat, psychology, diet and exercise have been added this year.
Penny tries hard not to imagine what life would have been like if she hadn’t discovered that lump in early 2013 but remains grateful for all the amazing health professionals she met in the course of her treatment in Ballarat.