Hi i am a first time poster so please bare with me. I am Carly, wife, mum of three, Nini to one gorgeous granddaughter and student. Oh and I forgot living with cancer. I am on day three post op after my third operation as I type. I was first diagnosed in August 2017 after a biopsy on a legion on my left side of my nose near my eye with Bowen's Disease. After a five months of waiting I was seen at the Peter Mac Cancer Centre in Melbourne and had my first surgery to remove the legion on my nose and one on my chest in February 2018. Unfortunately I was misdiagnosed and did not have Bowen's disease but had a passive aggressive Basal cell carcinoma on my nose/eye and a melanoma on my chest. I have had three surgeries all in the space of five weeks and I feel like I am just living life in limbo. Time is passing but I am just not moving. It has been very stressful on our family, the travel from North East Victoria to Melbourne, my husband has had to take leave from work and now has no leave left so that adds a financial burden..paying the bills, mortgage etc as I am a student. And our daughter is studying year 12 and all this has placed an addtional burden on her and that I so never wanted for her. She is just meant to be focusing on this important time of her life not worrying about her mum. I feel like I am being a burden to those around me and just don't know where to turn to for advice or help. When people talk about cancer there is a much bigger picture that is just not discussed and the extra pressure and it puts on all the those around you. Yes, we are of course going through cancer and trying to deal with all the facets of this disease but it is just so much more that is just left unsaid. Any advice for a first timer trying to navigate and get through limbo and hopefully out the other side.
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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.