Sharon’s
Milestones

“There’s always a milestone in the back of my mind, something I don’t want to miss out on.”

Sharon was 34 years old – a hard-working woman with a thriving business and four young children – when cancer came crashing into her life.

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“There’s always a milestone in the back of my mind, something I don’t want to miss out on.”

Sharon was 34 years old – a hard-working woman with a thriving business and four young children – when cancer came crashing into her life.

“I chose to support ACRF to make the biggest possible difference. There are lots of charities helping women through the cancer journey – but I don’t want anyone to ever have to start that journey…
The more research that’s done, the closer we get.

Sharon’s Diagnosis

“For months I’d felt utterly exhausted,” Sharon told us. “I went to several different GPs, but because I had a 12-year-old son and 5-year-old triplets, they’d always say, ‘Of course you’re exhausted!’ But I was sure there was more to it.”

Sharon was right. Eventually, an ultrasound showed several nodules in her thyroid, and a biopsy revealed the truth: she had cancer

“When I got the dreaded call, my first thought was, ‘Oh god, the kids’. Even now I often think about that call.”

From the moment she discovered she had cancer, Sharon began setting herself milestones – precious moments in her children’s lives that she was determined to be around for.

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Sharon’s Treatment

Her first goal was to get through her treatment so she could be there to raise her son and little girls.

“My attitude was, ‘Now that I know there is actually something wrong, I have to do everything I can to get rid of it.’ The kids needed me, so I just couldn’t think about the possibility of dying.”

Sharon’s cancer was already advanced, so she had to have her entire thyroid removed, then oral radiation to blast any remaining cancerous cells.

“I had to stay in this special room, and no one was allowed to come in because I was ‘radioactive’. It was awful being away from my children.”

During the following years, Sharon lost two of her dearest friends to cancer. Their loss, on top of her own cancer experience, inspired a lifelong commitment to supporting cancer research.

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Sharon’s Diagnosis

“For months I’d felt utterly exhausted,” Sharon told us. “I went to several different GPs, but because I had a 12-year-old son and 5-year-old triplets, they’d always say, ‘Of course you’re exhausted!’ But I was sure there was more to it.”

Sharon was right. Eventually, an ultrasound showed several nodules in her thyroid, and a biopsy revealed the truth: she had cancer

“When I got the dreaded call, my first thought was, ‘Oh god, the kids’. Even now I often think about that call.”

“I will always support cancer research. I want a world where no child has to lose their mother, no parent has to lose a child, no one has to face a call like the one that changed my life forever.

WHY ACRF?

Every research breakthrough is a crucial milestone on the journey to a world without cancer.

ACRF Centre for Imaging the Tumor Environment at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute

Bold, brilliant researchers are using this world-class facility to examine how cancer cells interact with neighbouring cells and to look for ways to disrupt those interactions to stop tutors developing.

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