Hi, my name is Nell and I’m the author of Battle Weapons: A coping guide for young people with cancer.
I’m also a nurse and a cancer survivor. In high school, when we started the discussion about our future, my career advisor suggested nursing. This really appealed to me; to serve and support people at their most vulnerable is a great honour and privilege.
Nursing is very diverse and I wasn’t sure for a long time where I wanted to take it, until I was diagnosed with cancer. I know my life’s purpose is to help those with cancer, particularly young people.
I was enjoying an independent life, working full time in Sydney as a registered nurse, when I was diagnosed with non-hodgkin lymphoma in 2013. I was 25 years old.
An assessment I did for my post-graduate course was an essay about caring for a vulnerable population in the context of cancer. I chose to focus on adolescents and young adults. This assessment, along with my own experience with cancer, inspired me to create Battle Weapons, a guide filled with the information I have discovered and used along my cancer journey.
I hope Battle Weapons makes a difference in some small way.