About 17 years ago, I shaved my head, moustache – and my legs! – to support a friend of mine, who sadly died from breast cancer.
Around the same time, I had a spot removed from my back which turned out to be a stage 3 melanoma, so I had a large section removed from my back. I thought I was all good until 2017, when I found out that I had a secondary brain tumour. It was removed by the wonderful team at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to trial immunotherapy for a year and had my thyroid removed late December 2019. I was in remission and going well until early February 2021, when I found out I had another brain tumour. This one had grown fast – from nothing in November 2020 to 20mm in February 2021.
I will be undergoing a new treatment at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, called a Gamma Knife, which will shrink and kill the tumour. I will then undergo more immunotherapy to get rid of a couple of small tumours near my spine.
Then I will be as good as new! Anything I can do to raise money to help is only a small thing compared to those who have done much more before me. Their support has allowed me to get the best and latest treatment to help me live a bit longer.
I shaved my head and my moe for ACRF through the Hair Dare and raised $650. My youngest son Michael has taken on the dare too and I’m very proud of him.
To learn more about how to shave, cut or colour for cancer research, head to shave.acrf.com.au