“It takes Mum a little while to tell us when she’s sick. It’s usually a bit after she’s found out, so I know it’s hard for her. When she was last sick and going through chemo, I was in Year 12. Dealing with the stress was a bit overwhelming that year. I didn’t really tell any of my school friends what was going on, but talking to family friends helped, and doing art as one of my school subjects was a good distraction.
I’ve read my mum’s book, and I’m glad I did – there were a lot of things I didn’t know about. We were so young when she was first diagnosed, she couldn’t share those thoughts and feelings with us.
I’ve also done a bit of volunteer work with OCRF. At first, I’d put together information packs to send out. Now I’m an ambassador, like Mum. Learning more about your parent’s cancer is a good thing – I’d recommend that to other kids in a similar situation.”