Telling people you’ve got cancer

So you got the news today, you’re sweating, or (metaphorically) shitting yourself. You’re wondering who to tell, and how much to share right now, right? You don’t want to be a burden, you’re always the one who helps others and you’re SOOOO selfless, right? Have you ever considered that NOW, yes, RIGHT NOW is theContinue reading “Telling people you’ve got cancer”

Validating acts of charity

When strangers do selfless acts for others – should we validate it on social media? – A ‘ThinkWithCancer’ piece. By Billy C I’ve been coming to the same cafe nearly every morning for 5 years, it’s a few doors up from my tiny little flat in Fitzroy. Non pretentious, old skool and a bit shabby.Continue reading “Validating acts of charity”

No Limit

Every year lived and not dying from Myeloma is a good year. 2018 is all about reaching new heights. Growth, challenging myself and posting cliche images with tongue planted firmly in cheek. This year is all about managing health positively, enjoying the small wins, experiences over ‘things’, growing past being ‘sick’ and not limiting myselfContinue reading “No Limit”

nine months later

Happy Birthday! Happy birthday to my immune system which was installed in February 2017. Happy birthday to me! on October 31, I survived 255 days post-transplant, beating the odds that were not in my favour, and thus proving evil never dies! It’s certainly been a wild ride these past few months, with countless followup doctorsContinue reading “nine months later”

An uneventful transplant

Happy Birthday! I had my new immune system installed on 16 February 2016. It consisted of 5.5 million of my own blood stem cells, which were harvested via a process called Apheresis in October 2016. As I was quite unwell and unwilling/reluctant to continue to the next stage at that time, I agreed with myContinue reading “An uneventful transplant”

Day Zero – stem cell transplant

Today marks a very important day in my life. I have my brand new immune system installed today, in the hopes it will rescue my body from failing and gift me with a deep remission of both blood cancers, and a better quality of life. Can’t say I’m looking forward to it, it has beenContinue reading “Day Zero – stem cell transplant”

Sharing my story with video

I did something super ballsy tonight, I made public a video talking about my two blood cancers, my treatment and the realities of the prognosis. This four-minute video was the product of over 2 hours worth of footage, some scripted, some completely from the heart. It was very confronting to do and I struggled toContinue reading “Sharing my story with video”