Sue Whittaker is a 44 year-old Noosa mum of teenage girls diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. Sue is going well now and has launched a community breast cancer app called 'Just Diagnosed'. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Sue Whittaker is a 44 year-old Noosa mum of teenage girls diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. Sue is going well now and has launched a community breast cancer app called 'Just Diagnosed'. Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily.

How this cancer app is changing lives

SHE overcame her own battle with breast cancer and now months after launching and app to other going through a similar diagnosis Sue Whittaker has helped hundreds of locals.

In July last year the Noosa mother-of-two officially launched Just Diagnosed after months of groundwork and fundraising to create a service to help women navigate where to go for help on the Sunshine Coast for breast cancer treatment.

She said seeing here vision become a reality has blown her away after realising just how many people she was helping.

“I’m absolutely blown away,” Ms Whittaker said.

“All I wanted to do was to help a few people and now it’s a fundamental tool and hundreds of people are using it.”

“It’s really come into its own.”

Breast cancer survivor Sue Whittaker has developed the Just Diagnosed app to help other patients on their cancer journey. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa
Breast cancer survivor Sue Whittaker has developed the Just Diagnosed app to help other patients on their cancer journey. Photo: Caitlin Zerafa

Ms Whittaker has also been working to cerate the Thriveship program with teams of nurses, doctors and oncologists to give talks to those going through treatment.

“That’s been a big focus,” she said.

“The last one 55 out of the 80 people who turned up had registered through the app.”

With the recent launch of Just Diagnosed's official website, Ms Whittaker is holding a fundraiser to help them achieve their next goal to create another app specific to a different form of cancer.

“We are hoping to fund for a few thing for the business but ultimately we would love to develop another app.”

Sue Whittaker undergoing chemotherapy.
Sue Whittaker undergoing chemotherapy.

This fundraiser is in celebration of our official website launch and as a big thank you to everyone who has helped the past 10 months.”

“Funding is necessary for us and we are so grateful for the continued community support.”

The Just diagnosed high tea will be held on Saturday, May 2 at Halse Lodge. The afternoon will include champagne on arrival, raffles, high Tea, silent Auction and live music.

Tickets are $50 and available through the Just Diagnosed app or at www.justdiagnosed.com.au.


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