Hi, I’m 29 years old and recently had the amazing news that my dads treatment is working. It was 4 years of hell with doom constantly looming over my head and anxiety of the unknown. The 4 years took its toll on me in so many ways and was depressed and suicidal (am now on antidepressants). My dad was depressed himself towards the end and just wanted to die, this new treatment was offered to him so we decided we’d give it one more fight so flew to Sydney to to participate in this trial treatment called car-t therapy which was being trialed on solid tumours (which my dad was riddled with, head to toe). It’s working, he is a walking miracle and it’s been hard to wrap my head around. My reason for sharing my story is I would like to invite anyone out there my support. I know how alone I was and it broke me, with friends that didn’t understand my pain and simply weren’t there for me. I felt no one ever reached out to me or didn’t know how, talk of death is a strange one and people don’t know what to do. I only felt comfortable opening up to people who have gone through this journey. I want to help anyone I can to express themselves and have an ear and a shoulder without having to ask. People always say “I’m here if you need anything, just call” but that is hard for someone to admit firstly and secondly you need someone to just be there and not have to ask. I live in Brisbane and would love to here from you, so please don’t be shy and leave a comment 🙂
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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.