In January 2009, my brother was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was told it was the rarest form of brain cancer and he was the 6th person in the world to be diagnosed. He went through radiation and chemotherapy and in September we were told they couldn’t see any cancer.
Two years later, in January 2011, I was also diagnosed with brain cancer. Mine was the second most common form of brain cancer in young people and unrelated to the type my brother had been diagnosed with. I went through chemotherapy and radiation and was put into remission in September. As I was returning to normal health my brother began to deteriorate. He died in April 2012.
Canteen has been a huge support for me, I have attended many camps and used the in-office counselling. Canteen has helped me to understand and manage my grief. I have made so many friends from all over Australia who get what I am going through. Canteen became my haven, a second home.
Canteen has made me who I am today. I am currently studying a Bachelors in Nursing and ultimately I want to work in a rural area. I love baking and making delicious desserts!