I received my cancer diagnosis on the 1st of July. It was an expected surprise really since a couple of my family members (4) have been diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 45-50. This goes back to my great grandmother. So now it seems I'm on that list as well. One thing I know is that I will make sure for my children's sake that they are aware of my cancer type and all relevant details so that they are informed of their genetic history.
I am waiting for my first appointment on Monday the 28th July to see what my treatment options are but I know it will most definitely be surgery. After that it depends on how they grade the cancer as to whether I need follow up treatment.
I think my children are coping well but it is early days and I think that once I am undergoing treatment it may be quite confronting. I guess the only thing that I can do is to be as supportive as I can and keep the channels of communication going so that they know exactly where we are heading. Anyway that's enough about me only to say I live rurally in WA and am quite isolated not only due to the diagnosis but the location as well.
Wishing you all well.
Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.