New Board Members – Cat Lee & Rose
Our new Board Members – Cat Lee & Rose, are all part of our effort to make sure our secure National Telehealth Health Navigation and Cancer Coaching service is the best that it can be. Every day nearly 400 Australians are diagnosed with cancer.
In these uncertain times I announce and introduce three new members of our Advisory Board, two members of our Patient Advisory Board, Cat du Toit and Lee Renfree and a new member of our Medico-Legal Board, Rose Sexton
It is with great delight that I announce three more Advisory Board Members, in alphabetical order Cat du Toit, Lee Renfree and Rose Sexton.
Welcome our new Board Members – Cat Lee & Rose!
Cat du Toit
Catherine-Ann “Cat” du Toit has a Bachelor of Creative Arts, a Diploma and a Certificate in Graphic Design and New Media.
Cat’s mother, Sonia, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 which metastasised to the brain and bones. It was Sonia’s greatest wish to pass away at home, so Cat became her primary carer during the last difficult months, while still juggling her job from her parent’s home. She has had a lot of experience with all the different facets of supporting and caring for someone with cancer.
Cat was a Project Management and Admin Coordinator who spent 8 years in the biotechnology industry, including providing the Compassionate Access Program to a range of oncology medicines and has over 16 years experience in administration. Cat has done freelance design work in healthcare and music industries and can also play and teach the organ and piano.
In 2018, 3 years after Sonia’s brave battle ended, Cat decided to resign from her job and travel the world. She is now looking towards the next phase of her career and deciding which direction to take.
She is the proud mother of 2 dogs and a bird and absolutely loves all animals. She is extremely passionate about helping people and is always looking for ways to improve their lives.
Lee Renfree is an ocean going sailor, a Personal Trainer and a breast cancer survivor.
She has fought many battles with clients and creative people in Adland and helmed her vessel through wild weather and seas. Surviving breast cancer has been her toughest battle yet. Lee attributes her tenacity to having a long relationship with exercise and working with a dedicated Personal Trainer to keep moving and building muscle. Believing Personal Training and exercise to be a vital tool in living a long and productive life, Lee left advertising 3 years ago and transitioned to her new career in Personal Training. Specialising in working with people over 50, for Lee exercise is medicine.
The day of diagnosis is a long and lonely one. Anger, fear and depression are common emotions surrounding this journey. Exercise can produce happy hormones that can raise the spirit and give a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction.
It helps you to wrestle back some control of your life and can just make you feel good. Lee believes in making it a fun and fulfilling experience.
Rose has spent close to 40 years working in the health care industry as a Registered Nurse in Victoria, Australia. She has experience in large and small hospitals, both private and public in Geelong and Melbourne, and has spent the past 20+ years working as a clinical leader in a rural health service.
She was drawn to Oncology and Palliative Care early in her career and has pursued post-graduate studies on these specialties.
Her passion for promoting conversations around end of life issues and supporting people more fully in this space has led her to explore the role of End of Life consultant, or “Doula”. In addition, Rose maintains a deep interest in, and conviction to her own spirituality and sees this aspect of humanity as key to wholistic living.
In this capacity, she is able to offer her years of professional and personal experience to those facing an end of life diagnosis, and to the carers and families as well. She believes that by exploring these “taboo” topics, often perceived as scary or unwanted, we can come more fully into fearless living, and maximise our chances of achieving as good a death as possible.
We welcome these fantastic contributors to Health Equals Freedom’s Boards, such experience and understanding of the challenges of patients with cancer.
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