Teen looks on light side of leukaemia
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 17-year-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.
Mokshya Balage is a white lantern ambassador at the Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night event.