• Ewing’s Sarcoma – Ashleigh’s story

    Ashleigh shares her journey through bone tumour diagnosis and treatment on the Kids Cancer Centre website. The teenager was first diagnosed with ewing’s sarcoma of the pelvis, which had spread to her spine and brain. She began her treatment in an adult hospital but a consultant thought as a young adult she may fare better with a Youth Cancer Service. The HSC student began treatment in the Sydney’s Children Hospital in Randwick. It  involved 12 months of chemotherapy, radiation, an operation to remove the tumour and a transplant. She was given a 25% chance of survival. Ashleigh celebrated her 18th birthday in Read more [...]

  • Infantile Leukaemia – Alyssa’s story

    Alyssa was diagnosed with infantile leukaemia when she was 10 months old. According to the the Kids Cancer Centre website, her treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) included a cord transplant and chemotherapy. During her 18 months in hospital, Alyssa went from being a baby to a walking toddler. She was treated at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick.

  • Leukaemia relapse – Will’s Christmas miracle

    Will was three when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). After two relapses he was given a 10% chance of survival, however, Will received a Christmas miracle. At 5 years old, he was flown from a cattle property in rural Queensland to London where a bone marrow donor agreed to a Christmas Day transplant that saved his life. Thirteen years later, Will and his parents share their cancer journey on the Kids Cancer Centre website.

  • Soft tissue cancer – Lauren’s story of becoming an amputee

    University student, Lauren (aged 22), was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer called epithelioid sarcoma which lead to a thumb amputation. Being right handed, she was concerned that surgery would have an impact on her dexterity and ability to play piano. The subsequent surgery and rehabilitation Lauren received ensured she was able to use her hand again but Lauren does discuss her fear of recurrence and the sense of isolation she felt from her peers on the Cancer Council website.

  • Melanoma and lymphoedema – Sam’s story

    On the Cancer Council website Samantha tells the story of her treatment experience for melanoma which lead to lifelong condition of lymphoedema. She was only 23 when she was first diagnosed, so went on to access services with organisations such as Cancer Council, Redkite and Melanoma Patients Australia (Queensland branch). You can read more about her journey and recovery by clicking on the source link below. Psst … before you go you have to read this There’s more to this website than this page! Cancer Advisor is an online platform with a wide range of cancer advice and knowledge. You’ll be directed to Read more [...]

  • Jodi’s story – relocating for cancer treatment

    For many people, a cancer diagnosis also means relocating for treatment. Jodi was living with her son Trystan and her four other children in Alberton, regional Tasmania when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Trystan was only three at the time of his diagnosis. After a year of intensive treatment Trystan still hadn’t reached remission. Jodi was separated from her other children and had to stay in a flat in Hobart. For 12 months, Jodi was running two different households across the state. She shares her story of diagnosis, treatment and remission in this Redkite video series below. Diagnosis and Read more [...]