Tanya's storyBy Tanya
Help me make a difference! #RelayForLife. I Relay because I want to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
I have had many friends affected by cancer but most recently in September of 2015, I woke up to a unbearable pain.
I was diagnosed with cervical cancer nearly 3 years ago. It had been eight years since my last Pap smear so thankfully I’m now a cancer survivor.
I guess I am both a "survivor and carer".
My cancer story starts in August 2011, my husband Peter is diagnosed with Bowel Cancer, he has surgery, then chemotherapy. He is just finishing his last session in chemo in early March 2012, when they find a malignant lump in my left breast.
On March 19 2015 I was diagnosed with breast cancer the first in my family tree at the age of 42.
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2003 when I was 48 yrs old. It was an emotional roller coaster and it's only been recently that I've been able to talk about the feelings that I had and have had since.
Lauryn Louise was born on the 18th December 1999 at Northam Regional Hospital in Western Australia. For the following four and a half years Lauryn lived her life as any other young girl would with her parents Melanie and Mike.
As a child, I survived a rare form of cancer (Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma X). Since then, I have participated in a few Relay for Life events this year I have founded a new team, the 'Skulk of Foxes'.
My experience with cancer is both as a survivor and a carer.
Sean M's story
"Dad was always a strong fighter right up until the end. Nothing was too much for dad. His cancer story started back in 1990 when a Melanoma was found. Surgery and treatment then followed. After getting the all clear Dad was away and back to a normal life."
"My advice to other kids who are fundraising for Relay is to start as early as possible. Knowing someone in my family was sick and going through hard time inspired me to start fundraising. Uncle Lou was really happy and proud that someone was doing something to help. He was a big supporter and was helping me out."
"At Relay I walked, talked to total strangers and cried with total strangers."