I was 28 years old when I was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer. I was living and working in Beijing at the time and was back home in Australia for a week when I received my diagnosis. With no known family history, my cancer came as a real shock.
It was completely out of the blue and it took my life in another direction.
I underwent 18 months of treatment involving radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery.
I became involved with Cancer Council NSW early on. I started volunteering post-surgery. Since then I’ve been a guest speaker on the webinar series and active on the newly launched Online Community, engaging with patients and survivors while sharing my experience and understanding.
Cancer can be a very isolating experience. That’s why online support services are so important, particularly for people in my age group. We’re online all the time, so it’s reassuring to know that Cancer Council NSW facilitates these services so we can trust the information and access it anywhere, anytime.
One of the most valuable features of these online support services is that most of the comments you receive are in real-time. It creates a two-way dialogue and helps you to cope better.
I continue to keep in touch with the people I meet through my involvement with these support services. They’re all affected by cancer differently, but all are able to empathise and understand the impact it has. The more connected all people affected by cancer can be, the better.
Cancer survivor and Cancer Council Online Community member
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