Cancer has been a part of me for more than half of my life. I was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the of 7 in 2005. As soon as I was diagnosed I was sent to a ward and was getting ready for surgery the next morning. In the next 3 weeks I had several procedures in preparation for what was to come next. I had over a month of extensive radiation followed by 4 rounds of chemotherapy over about 4 months.
I joined CanTeen in 2010 at the age of 12, I was really worried and nervous because I was in a different environment and didn’t know anyone. Throughout the years CanTeen has given me the support and services that have really helped me learn to cope with my cancer experience. I have met and made so many friends over the years, a few of whom have had the same cancer as me, similar experiences to what I am going through right now. CanTeen is a place where you can open up and be free to talk and you are heard and understood. For me it’s an environment where I feel welcome.
Joining CanTeen’s leadership team was a decision that I made to help other young people living with cancer experiences and trying to give back. The Youth Ambassador role I am taking up this year will allow me to share my story and make a bigger and stronger awareness of cancer, its impact on young people like myself and about CanTeen and what they do to help people with cancer in their lives.
I never expected something so great like CanTeen, who I can now call my second family.