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My target 211 Steps
My Experience with Cancer as a Kid
We lived in Albany, about 5 hours away from Perth. Mum had to stay in Perth for her treatment and it felt like she was gone forever. What I remember from that time was Dad making us a lot of weird lunches for school (vegemite and broad beans Dad, really?!), my teacher who knew my Mum saying I didn't have to worry about doing my homework, and nabbing my Mums clothes to sleep with at night because I missed her presence and her smell.
It's a strange thing to reflect on as an adult. If it all happened now it'd be a totally different experience because I'd actually understand how serious it all was. I'm grateful to my parents and family for being gentle with the balance of information they gave us. Enough so that we had perspective and knew not nag about wanting new surf shop clothes and sleepovers, but also with enough innocence so that we weren't scared to the bone.
Mums diagnosis was one of my first interactions with cancer, but it sadly feels like one of a million now. I love hearing about organisations like Canteen who support kids and young people through cancer. Whether their own diagnosis or that of someone they know. I can't imagine how confusing having cancer as a child is when I was confused enough when it was happening to the adults around me. Our family didn't receive any support from Canteen but I wish we had. Regional access to services like this is always hard, which is why the online support that Canteen are trying to build with this fundraising could bridge that gap of reach.
So on May the 31st I run for 11 year old me, for my boss survivor Mum, for all the other young people affected by cancer, and for all people in general really because I think we are all sick of this darn disease.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Rohan And Ash
Molly & Jess Earnshaw