Despite trying combined chemo and radiotherapy concurrently, the cancer progressed from stage 3 to stage 4 metastasized. Prognosis less that 12 months. I'm trying to let people know, but every time I tell someone, the pain and distress becomes overwhelming and it's like I'm hearing the news again for the first time. Tonight is really bad, there were some other 'ordinary' disappointments today which seem overwhelming too. I just want to cry, but don't want to upset my family. Feel so alone.
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Recent cancer diagnosis, underwent combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy concurrently which was hell on my body, but it was the most effective form of treatment. Went to start immunotherapy infusions when I was told the treatment hadn't been adequate, the cancer had spread, now considered terminal...prognosis less than 12 months. So, emotions are overwhelming, but I seem to be getting used to the idea. What I struggle with at the moment is telling people. Whenever I tell someone new, it brings the pain and distress back. I feel alone, I don't want to burden my family. Tonight I just feel like crying. I'm trying to find distractions, but even watching tv isn't helping. Thought maybe if I told someone who understands what this is like, it might help.
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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.