Teen looks on light side of leukaemia

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth Belmont -

TEENAGER Mok­shya Bal­age wants other peo­ple with leukaemia to know that there is light at the end of the tun­nel.

“You’ve got to take it as it comes and stay pos­i­tive, it does get bet­ter,” the 17year-old said.

The Year 12 stu­dent was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukaemia in Fe­bru­ary 2012.

“It was one of the big­gest shocks; who wants to be told they have can­cer?” Mok­shya said.

“The first thing I thought of was death. You just ques­tion ev­ery­thing: why did it hap­pen to me, what did I do?

“But I took it one day at a time… it has been a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; I started it as a child and came out of it as the most ma­ture 15-year-old.”

Mok­shya’s mother Al­len­dra said her daugh­ter was ex­tremely pos­i­tive and strong through­out her treat­ment.

“Even when I broke down, she in­spired me. She’d tell me ‘Mum, don’t cry, it’s go­ing to be OK’,” she said.

Mok­shya re­cently fin­ished treat­ment but will have to wait five years to find out if she’s clear of the can­cer.

The in­spir­ing teenager will be a white lan­tern am­bas­sador at the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion’s Light the Night walk in Perth on Oc­to­ber 1, which raises funds for re­search into blood can­cers.

“Work­ing to­gether to find a cure for th­ese can­cers is very im­por­tant,” Mok­shya said.

Pic­ture: Marcelo Pala­cios

Mok­shya Bal­age is a white lan­tern am­bas­sador at the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion's Light the Night event.

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