I was diagnosed with CML on June 23,the same week as my birthday. I had to go to the hospital because I had severe pain in the right side of my stomach and back. I thought it was my kidney but they took a lot of different tests and in the end my blood test results came as I have leukemia. I don't have any family here and I have friends who have been very supportive but I still feel very overwhelmed by everything. It seems that I'm too tired to do anything. I also lost my job, I don't have Medicare and I can't even go back home due to the covid thing. I feel very sad and angry. I started to look for a new job but I'm still not well enough to work. I started the treatment and I feel exhausted everyday, nauseous, I don't feel like doing anything. This has been the worst year of my life.
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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.