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The Holiday season, parenting, and cancer
Hello, my name is Brie and I’m one of the online counsellors here at Canteen. As the festive season approaches and the end of 2023, a common theme that pops up with anyone impacted by cancer is usually around the concept of coping during the Christmas...
Still waiting
Hi my name is Linda and was diagnosed with lung cancer Christmas eve, The surgeon returns to work today so waiting to see if he will operate or not, Worst time of year to be diagnosed when they all go on holidays, hoping for the best.
Terminal brain cancer - dealing with emotions
Hi all! I’ve been trying to deal with things on my own as I usually do, but this situation is so different and I’m struggling for so many reasons. I am a 47 year old single mum to 2 daughters, 16 & 21 years of age (the 21 yr...
The C Word
Hi my names bec im 36 with 3 beautiful kids. I was diagnoised with stage 1 bowel cancer last yr when i got told i had cancer i just cried to hear the word CANCER was a numbing feeling. I never though it would happen to me but it...
My husband, aged 45 yrs, had just been diagnosed with Glioblastoma
Suddenly my otherwise healthy, fit, non drinking, regular gym going hubby has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma ( brain tumour in his Thalamus) and he has been told he has 12 months to live even with the radiation and chemo treatment he will start soon. a...
Daddys girl
4th of may 2020. I kissed goodbye my best friend, my dad after his long but short exit with every cancer possible. I can not stress enoigh how hard this has been on my family and especially me. I'm his little girl, we look identical. Act identical. His...
Keeping it Real name is Patrick. Rachael was my best friend and I miss her madly. Our children miss her too. Rachael was diagnosed with endometrial cancer April 9 2018. In the early hours of July 16 2018, Rachael slipped away from us. we spent the night with...
Cancer v’s COVID
ScoMo v’s FOMO Can I tell you having to be careful about staying away from people while my husband Marty gets chemotherapy has been made so much easier by ScoMo making rules that everyone should stay away from each other. He took away FOMO (Fear Of Out)...
Mouth cancer
Just introducing myself. My husband who is 56 years old was diagnosed with metastatic cancer of the tongue at the end of October. The secondary growths (both sides of the neck) were identified first. Fortunately that seems to be where the spread has for...
Teenage Boy
Hi all, I am here, to look for help. I’m actually lost my mum to cancer 2 1/2 years ago but am 29yrs old, so too old for the kids community. However my siblings were 14 and 21 when my mum passed. My younger brother is the person I’m...
Turning to Google after my diagnosis was the worst thing I could have done!
The Cancer Council shares Mark Nye's story of surviving cancer. In March 2010 when Mark woke one morning rubbing his stomach, feeling a lump just below his right ribs. he booked to see his GP, who sent him for an ultrasound. When the ultrasound showed...
Telling my kids I had breast cancer was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do
The Cancer Council shares Kellie Heritage's story of surviving cancer. Kelly first found a lump in her breast in 2010, when she was 35. She knew how important it was to get it checked out, but wasn’t too worried when I saw the doctor. He sent me for...
Carers: The Silent Partners in the Cancer Treatment Experience
As much as the diagnosis of cancer in a young person is catastrophic and life-altering event for them, so too it is a major upheaval for all who care for them. Arduous treatment programs are physically and emotionally exhausting for patients and for this...
Kim Hobbs
'Just a Dad' - a widower shares his experience
Widower Chris Martin began his 'Just a Dad' blog after losing wife but in an interview with ABC Radio he discusses how sharing grief became an inspiration As Chris explains, he started the blog to help him cope with the tumultuous time after his wife's...
Cancer stole my daughter
Hello I’m macie-lees Mum in the 2/8/2019 cancer stole my baby girl I think out of the 10 mths that my daughter had melanoma Cancer the last 2 days was the hardest . I’m so lost without her so many different emotions angry sad some days I can talk...
My Year and keeping perspective
31st Aug 2019- owning my story.  A year. The 31st August marked the one year anniversary of a gym device saving my life. Literally!  On the 31st Aug 2018 I got up and went to the gym wearing a heart monitor. It rubbed. I felt. I felt again, and knew. I...
My 24 year old has been diagnosed with Ricketts lymphoma
Hi all ! I’m not sure if I’m posting in the correct section but I want to share my story in the hope of getting it out of my system ! My 87 year old father died on 4th June 19 , the same day my son started showing...
Jack's story
 Jack, my son, was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM, brain cancer) on 8 July 2016. He died last year. He was just 21. I had six boys but now I only have five. I promised Jack I would save his life and I would write a book, raise money...
5 Things I Wish I'd Known When My Daughter was Diagnosed with Cancer
I am a mother of an amazing young lady who, in 2017 at the age of 13, was diagnosed with an extremely rare and aggressive cancer - Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN). At the time she was to our knowledge the only active paediatric case...
Kerrilee Hall
Making Exclusive Time with Family Part of Your Routine
In the midst of treatment commitments, side effects and managing the impact of a parental cancer diagnosis on the family, how does one make time dedicated to just ‘being’ with those you love? Between appointments, trying to keep everyone’s routines as as...
Elena Schiena
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