NICKY Watkins didn't share the news of her cancer diagnosis for a while, but when she finally did share it with her closest friends and family, she said the response was overwhelming.
Ms Watkins was diagnosed with breast cancer in September and is well under way with her treatment.
"I've had my surgery now, and I'm booked in to start chemo later this month," she said.
Ms Watkins acknowledged there was a long road ahead, but said support she already received from friends, family, the community and strangers made it easier.
"It's absolutely amazing, I don't have words to describe it," she said.
She said people in the street even stopped to wish her well.
"I'm not used to all the attention, it's overwhelming," she said.
Ms Watkins starts six months of chemotherapy on December 17, and will then have six weeks of radiation.
But with the help of her friends and family, Ms Watkins said it was easy to remain high spirited.
Friend Alison Ramke organised a fundraiser for her on Saturday, which Ms Watkins said was "more than she could ask for".
She said Ms Ramke, with the help of others, "just did it" and would not take no for an answer.
"I asked them not to, but they said it was happening," she mused.
Ms Ramke said Ms Watkins never asked for help, and that was why the fundraiser was so important.
"She says she's fine and she'll get through it," she said.
"And we say 'we know you will but we want to make it easier for you'."
Ms Ramke said all funds raised from the event would go towards fuel and accommodation while Ms Watkins was off work for treatment.
To help phone Ms Ramke on 0447690959.
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