Jan looks on the bright side

THE words “pull over driver” still resonate with Jan Elliott.

She was waiting at traffic lights in Coffs Harbour when a police car pulled alongside her and indicated for her to pull over.

To her knowledge she had not broken any road rules, but Jan obediently pulled over and the policeman sidled up to her window, demanding to know what she had between her and the seatbelt.

Jan said she had recently undergone a total double mastectomy and the seatbelt was irritating her.

Although she had been supplied with a mastectomy cushion she found it too firm and slippery to keep in place under the seatbelt.

Remembering a toy bear her daughter had given her, Jan had decided to try this under her seatbelt.

Explaining her dilemma to the policeman, he leaned in patted the bear on the head and said: “Look after her, teddy. On your way driver.”

Jan is one of the many cancer survivors who will be walking in the survivors and carers walk at the Coffs Harbour Relay For Life on May 28.

Relay For Life is an overnight community fundraising event where teams of up to 15 people walk, run or skip around the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

The event brings the community together for 23 hours of fun, live entertainment, activities, celebration and remembrance.

Survivors and carers are honoured during the first lap of the relay, followed by a free morning tea.

Jan’s outlook has been very positive from the outset.

Her credo is “always look on the bright side and learn to accept that these things happen. Once you have accepted it you can then deal with it and get on with life”.

Jan will be speaking at the Coffs Harbour Relay For Life team information night on Thursday at 5.30pm at Club Coffs on West High.

You can find out more about registering as a survivor or carer at the relay, and also about the Relay For Life in general.

For more details contact Fiona Foulkes at the Cancer Council on 6659 8400.

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