I was diagnosed with primary bowel cancer in 2007 at the age of 41 and was clear until August 2011 when I was diagnosed with secondary bowl cancer in the lungs and liver. Apart from the 6 months of being clear of tumours in 2013, I have been living with in-operable secondary cancer now for four years.
It changes your perspective on life, the way people see you and the way you see them, but the most important thing for me is to continue with life as normally as possible. I have moments of immense sadness and anger asking “why me”, but then you wake up in the morning and get on with life as normal.
With cancer you have two choices….. you can sit in a corner feeling sorry for yourself and watch the world pass you by, or you can pick yourself up and get on with living life the best way you can.
The little things matter less, you become more philosophical and emotional, and you learn who you can and cannot rely on when you really need someone to lean on.
You also become stronger and more willing to fight for what you want and what you think is right.
Above all, you treasure every day and find something to smile about or take joy in every day, because no one knows what the future holds.
Some days I do worry about the future and what it holds for me, but I try not to think about it too much, I just live for today.
This is my cancer journey.
Since sharing her story with us, unfortunately Tania lost her battle with cancer in 2016. Tania was a much loved member of our Cancer Council family and we miss her greatly. She is forever in our hearts.