My name is Libby, and I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just before Christmas last year. I feel very lucky to live in today’s day and age, and I wanted to raise money so that treatment could improve further and maybe help someone like me in the future.
I knew that I was going to lose my hair with the type of chemo I was receiving so it was always my intention to shave my head. Firstly, because I wanted to tell cancer that only I say when I lose my hair, and because I thought it would be gross (and scary) to lose hair when it was longer.
I then realised I could also raise money and help
others. Another ‘take that!’ to cancer!
I set my fundraising target at $700, but so far, I’ve raised $4261!
What I found most surprising about my experience with cancer
was how advanced modern medicine had become in such a short time. However,
there are still so many types of cancers where treatments have not been refined
enough and treatments are very intense. I want treatment to be advanced and
targeted to the individual’s situation so that they can get better whilst
maintaining quality of life.
When I was first diagnosed, I had a trip booked overseas to
the UK and Australia, but a week out I was diagnosed with Lymphoma and was
forced to cancel my trip – it was a bummer. I am now a little more than halfway
through chemotherapy and have just booked my next trip to Fiji.
I feel a part of me come alive when I am dragging that
suitcase through the terminal ready to board my flight to my next adventure. I
Thank you all for your generosity and support — it means a
lot to me. Together we can help Australian Cancer Research Foundation create
the world we want to see