I am caring for my husband who is 31 years old. We have 4 children and he has always been our main provider so I could be a stay at home mom. Our oldest is 13 and our youngest is 18 months. In November 2018 my husband who had never been sick went to the ER with a ruptured appendix, but when they did the surgery they found colon cancer that had spread through the colon wall, into lymph nodes, surrounding abdomen fluid, and on the liver. He hid 6 didferent types of chemo meds and about 9 months of aggressive treatment. Nothing has touched it and it he was recently placed on hospice. It has been such a rough process but he has remained strong through it all. I honestly wish there were more things out there for people in these situations to fill more encouraged. I mean you have bells rang, songs, and celebrations for those who go into remissiom but what about those ones that have gave it a good fight. Its almost like you are kicked aside. No more contact with doctors or nurses who you built a relationship with through your toughest times, or the front desk who knew your face when you came in. Its just over. Why not celebrate for those who make the choice to choose quality of life when nothing is working for them. They are strong to make those decisions and fight to live everyday. I feel for anyone going through this. There are no words to describe cancer. It is unimaginable.
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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.