LONG-TIME member for Gilmore and Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash has breast cancer.
LONG-TIME member for Gilmore and Shoalhaven mayor Joanna Gash has breast cancer.
She called a morning press conference to make the news public.
Mrs Gash will undergo surgery to have a biopsy taken from one breast on Monday at Prince of Wales in Randwick.
She will take about a week’s leave.
She expects to receive the test results from the biopsy about eight days later.
“It was discovered a couple of weeks ago through a regular breast screen,” Mrs Gash said.
“This is just another challenge in my life. It’s another one I have to face.
“I’m very positive about this.
“I think people will understand it could happen to anybody, it doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, famous or infamous or where you come from it can hit anybody. That’s the point I’m tyring to make by going public.”
One of the reasons Mayor Jo Gash held a press conference so soon after her breast cancer diagnosis was to stop any rumours that she would step down from her position.
At this morning’s press conference she said she expected there would be rumours about her future in the role as mayor but said it would absolutely not have any effect on her career in council.
“It’s just another challenge in my life, most people have challenges particularly women who have lots of challenges.”
Mrs Gash said she had no intention of resigning and would resume her duties as soon as she is able.
Deputy Mayor John Wells will take over the role in her absence.