The big ‘C’ is now considered a normal topic of conversation in my house. My journey started when I was 17 in my final years at high school completing my HSC. My mum was diagnosed in 2013 with stage two, triple negative, non-hormonal responsiveness breast cancer. It’s a mouthful just saying it so you can imagine how it felt to hear that my only parent had cancer.
I first joined Canteen through there Truce program which helps young people whose parents have been diagnosed. Post all of mum’s treatment I didn’t feel I needed Canteen but knowing they were in my corner made all the difference.
Towards the end of 2015 my grandfather was diagnosed with cancer, and then about 10 months later my grandmother was also diagnosed with cancer. This meant that in my household I was the only one without cancer
Canteen helped me to understand why I felt guilt about being the ‘odd one out’ and what that meant to the changes in my family home. Canteen became my second family and second family home.
Even to this day my cancer journey hasn’t stopped and Canteen helps me to be me, to fight what is considered normal.