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“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.”

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