Sharon's story

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.

I have a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, which we struggle through mentally and physically.  In 2013, we find out Peter has prostrate Cancer so we get ready for the challenge again.  Peter has Brachytherapy (internal radiation) and normal radiation, and he is given the all clear. 

2014 is our best year of the last five years, with no cancer diagnoses but this changes in 2015 when Peter is found to have Liver Metastases from his Bowel Cancer.  We now have most of his Liver removed (over 60%) and we begin our chemotherapy challenge again.  The good news from this is that after four cancer battles in five years we are both cancer free at the moment and planning to stay that way. 

My reason for sharing this story is to say thank you to the Cancer Council for their help during our journey with cancer, they have helped in many ways -from just little things, like just having brochures with information about the various cancers and what to expect through the journey, to their wonderful volunteers to help with even just a cup of tea while your having chemo. 

Relay For Life is a way of fundraising that makes everyone feel involved and even though I don't physically participate I will be donating to my Team Central Coast Holden, who are the main Sponsor for the event in Gosford, as well running a team. 

In Peter's & my cancer journey, Central Coast Holden has been there supporting us the whole time. I work for Central Coast Holden and they have given me any time off that I have needed throughout all of our cancer journeys and I have not had one moment of fear in regards to job security, which has been a tremendous load off our minds.  Many of my work colleagues (friends) are walking in the Relay and it is greatly appreciated.