Posted October 30, 2018 10:37:18It’s been a few months since I had my first bout of cancer, but I’m still very much alive.
I’ve had several scans, chemo and radiation treatments, but my battle is far from over.
I recently discovered that I have stage 3 pancreatic cancer, and have just received an MRI scan from the National Cancer Institute that confirmed that.
I’m one of three people in my family to have the cancer.
The others are my parents and brother, and a sister who is battling breast cancer.
I don’t have any family or friends who have it, so I just decided to share my story with the world.
I started to feel really sick and my brother started to get better but I couldn’t do anything.
I didn’t want to be alone anymore and my mum told me she’d never see me like this again.
I knew I was dying, but there wasn’t any help.
I asked my mum if I could take a phone call and she said yes.
I didn’t think that would be the last time she’d hear my voice.
I went to the phone and asked her to call the NHS, and she did.
She rang the NHS and she got the same response she’d received before, so she called the NHS again and again and they never responded to my call.
Then I rang the cancer support line and they told me to come back in a few days, but it wasn’t going to be so easy.
The NHS didn’t respond to me when I called.
Then I called my GP and he told me I should come in and they said I could have an appointment with them, and I did.
I told them that I’d just had the MRI and that I had a diagnosis of stage 3 cancer and I’d had to go into hospital.
I had just lost my hair, and my skin had turned grey.
I was really scared, but the doctors were really good and I felt OK.
But when I was admitted to hospital, my mum found out I had Stage 3 cancer, too.
The next day, my tumour grew again, and after I was transferred to the University Hospital in Melbourne, I had to be admitted to the ICU.
There were some good doctors in the ICUs, and they helped me to get discharged, but in the end they had to do a CAT scan of my abdomen to see if I had any tumours.
They told me my tumours were still growing and it was very difficult to have chemotherapy, but they told the doctors I would have a full recovery.
The doctors told me they were really worried and I was scared, because I knew if they couldn’t get me out of the ICI, they’d have to start all over again.
The first two months were very hard, because they couldn to put me on chemotherapy for months and months at a time.
I had some tests done, and in the third month, I was in the intensive care unit, because of a serious infection and I had been in there for a long time.
At one point I had three or four scans done, but all of them were negative.
I still had a lump in my abdomen.
I was just feeling really sick, but when I finally got out, it was really tough to take.
I thought, I’ve been through hell, and if I can’t live, I’ll die, so it was difficult to go back to work.
I tried to get my mum to visit me, but she didn’t know where I was.
She said that my dad is a doctor, and he’s been my support in my fight, so we’d just go to him, but that day, he told her that I couldn of gone home and not come back.
I wanted to go home and tell my mum, and so I said to my mum that I needed to go, but before I went to bed, I told her I had cancer and she told me it was OK.
I just wanted to sleep.
I felt very sick, and when I woke up the next day I was so happy to see that my tummy was still growing.
I couldn’t stop crying.
I’m very thankful that my mum helped me get out of hospital, and to tell her the truth, I just couldn’t help it.
But at the end of the day, I’m so grateful for her support and her determination to fight.
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