Independent and FREE - the way it should be

What’s keeping Brittney grounded in melanoma fight

Your news, independent and FREE - the way it should be

What’s keeping Brittney grounded in melanoma fight


As Brittney fights 14 tumours, she's receiving valuable support from Bloomhill Cancer Services

Do you have a news tip? Click here to send to our news team.

Auctions push property prices to new heights

Some pockets of the Sunshine Coast that traditionally have been less inclined to auction their properties are now embracing the method of sale and More

The power duo taking job-sharing to a whole new level

Two of the region's most experienced not-for-profit leaders have been appointed joint-CEOs of a disability service provider in the rarest of job-sharing arrangements. Existing 121 More

Who gets royal nod in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Actor Chris Hemsworth, former prime ministerial advisor Peta Credlin and the nation's first female police chief commissioner are among more than 1100 Australians getting More

Six years after Brittney Anning fended off deadly melanoma, she’s now fighting 14 new tumours in her body, all of which are in her bones.

Brittney was diagnosed with Stage III melanoma in her lymph nodes a few months after her 30th birthday last year which quickly progressed to Stage IV within eight weeks.

As she puts up a fierce battle, Brittney goes to art therapy classes, massage and mindfulness sessions at Bloomhill which she says has helped ground her.

Bloomhill Cancer Care has been helping people living with cancer for 23 years and this year aims to support to more people than ever.

As Bloomhill enters its annual Be There for Bloomhill fundraising drive this month, Brittney is sharing her story to help raise awareness of the difference its services make to people’s cancer journeys.

Follow Sunshine Coast News on Facebook.

Brittney was only 24 when she was first diagnosed with melanoma which she had removed and had been in the clear for six years.

“Growing up on the water, I was always outside, on jet skis and boats or out riding my horse,” she said.

“I guess I got a bit too sunburnt on the same spot. Sun baking in solarium beds just to get a tan, didn’t help either.

“When I was 24, I noticed this black-looking mole on my collar bone. I hadn’t seen my sister in a while, and when we next caught up she said, ‘oh my God, what the h*ll is that?’ and pointed straight to it.

“It made me realise this black thing really needed to be checked out. It was a melanoma. I had it removed and was in the clear until six years later, I felt a lump under my armpit.”

Brittney now has 14 tumours in her body, some are pressing on nerves and causing significant pain.

Brittney’s fiance Shane has been a rock.

With a zest for life only paralleled by her ‘fur kids’ — two malamutes and horse Garcia — Brittney is facing the illness head on.

“My fiancée Shane, my high school sweetheart and partner for 16 years, has supported me unconditionally through the last 14 months, putting his own emotions and feelings aside,” she said.

“When I’m really unwell he stays home and watches movies with me. We’ve devised a system for when to call an ambulance or drive to the Emergency Department, if the pain gets too bad. I guess he’s officially become my slave … ha ha.

“He now has to do most of the housework and has scaled back his two businesses. I’m so grateful to him, and really looking forward to marrying him finally later this year after 14 years of engagement.

“Cancer is something nobody wants to talk about, but it’s so important we do.”

Bloomhill’s support

Bloomhill Clinical Services Manager Trish Wilson said the charity had an exciting year planned, but needed vital funds to continue its individualised support for those touched by cancer.

“With $6000 we could support 100 new clients with a recent diagnosis to access wellbeing packages,” Ms Wilson said.

“This would enable oncology nurse and exercise physiologist assessment and appointments, two oncology massages or reflexology treatments, a 10-pass to group activities (e.g. Pilates, yoga and exercise circuit).”

Research shows exercise during cancer treatment can help alleviate treatment side effects, enable clients to finish cancer treatment, and assist with rehabilitation post-treatment.

“We want to expand our exercise resources here at Bloomhill,” Ms Wilson said.

“With $27,500, we could offer 500 exercise physiology sessions. With $46,350 we could provide 1500 sessions gym and Pilates sessions.

“With $54,000, we could provide 900 free counselling sessions to individuals or families.

Every dollar raised will go towards supporting people living with cancer.

“We know the benefits are huge, and I really urge the community to help raise funds for us, and support our beautiful clients.”

Help keep independent and fair Sunshine Coast news coming by subscribing to our free daily news feed. All it requires is your name and email. See SUBSCRIBE at the top of this article.

Chair Michael Wise said he was “thrilled” at the generosity of community groups including Mooloolaba Bowls Club, who are digging deep to support the charity’s important work.

The club dedicated its Annual May Day Pairs event to the memory of Sarah Stehr, a former Ladies President of the Club.

The event also recognised cancer support with the major raffle of the day being donated to
Bloomhill and together with an additional donation from the Club Board, Bloomhill was supported by $ 815.

“We know the club’s members share very personal stories with cancer, and appreciate the work Bloomhill is doing. We are sincerely grateful for your support,” Mr Wise said.

While donations are not allocated to specific areas of support, $815 is what we need to provide 20 individual free qualified personal counselling sessions to clients.

Find out more about Bloomhill and how to join us in June visit or phone 5445 5794.


Affordable housing fix: Noosa’s bold push to allow ‘secondary dwellings’

Noosa is considering a pilot solution to its desperate housing crisis that would allow 'secondary dwellings' to be built on people's existing properties. The bold More

The dark side of online gaming puts kids in danger

With online gaming being a big part of many young people’s lives, it is important for young gamers and parents to be aware of More

Improving safety the goal as intersection upgrade begins

A bustling Sunshine Coast intersection is about to be upgraded, catering for the 15,000 commuters who use it each day. Sunshine Coast Council is poised More