Hi, my name is Annabelle and I’m 17 years old. In my case, being defined as a ‘cancer patient’ was not a slap to the face like most individuals who are first diagnosed. I was first told I housed a benign tumor in my right hip at the age of 13. After numerous complaints about how walking was beginning to sour as the pain in my hip grew unbearable, my dad finally took me to a doctor in 2014. “A resection,” he says. Four years later, the tumor returns once again. However, this time, this time it’s different. I received a call on August 31, 2015 from my dad, detailing that the tumor had morphed into something more sinister, something that goes by the name cancer. I cried for the first time at school.
Fast-forward to November 18, 2016, where I received my last surgery to date, which left me bound to crutches and a built-up boot. Currently, I’m in remission, but I’m taking every opportunity by its leash. This includes giving back to the organisation that made my love for sport transition into love for the people around me. The Canteen family is like no other, everyone is made to feel welcomed and appreciated, no matter your situation or your physical ailments, you are loved.