It is said that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. In 2018 I became a part of that statistic after being diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. I had only ever associated cancer with elderly people. I look back now and realise how naive I was.
Cancer came into my life when I was transitioning from high school to university. It was unexpected, to say the least and certainly not in the plan. The most challenging part at the start of my journey was telling my new friends. I never wanted to burden anyone with the news, especially those I had just met. So, I started reading Canteen’s information booklets, not realising how important this organisation would one day be to me.
I reached out to Canteen halfway through my treatment and it changed my life for the better! Through the psychosocial support I was able to navigate past the difficult times to keep moving forward. My psychosocial support worker helped me gain back control and independence, which is something I had missed since the diagnosis. I was then able to continue with my other passions and pursuits outside of the cancer world, including studying Engineering.