Opinion

The toll cancer has on family members

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September 15, 2016

In the early stages there was a lot of difficulty in diagnosing Amy’s symptoms. This meant for a long time her moments of dizziness were left untreated.

This took an enormous toll on Amy and the people around her. It was made especially difficult for Amy’s mother who was left helpless in trying to determine the cause of the dizzy spells that gave her daughter so much grief.

It wasn’t until witnessing one of them for herself that she first recognised it could be a form of epilepsy. The observation became a catalyst in the events that led to Amy now enjoying a seizure free life.

Amy’s diagnosis and treatment now became a huge aspect of Leanne’s life with countless trips taken to Melbourne and Bendigo for appointments with specialists and a range of scans.

She then sat for hours in a hospital room with her husband during Amy’s recovery from surgery which was a draining experience for all involved.

All sacrifices worthwhile in getting Amy back to normal.

For 42-years Leanne has been involved in netball through coaching, playing and umpiring and has passed down her passion for the sport to Amy. This love of the game was what pushed Amy through her recovery and she continues to support Amy’s netball journey as her biggest fan and fiercest motivator.

On top of her daughter’s diagnosis Leanne has had a number of experiences with cancer in people close to her.

“I grew up around cancer.”

Her own mother has had a number of encounters with melanoma and other forms of cancer throughout her life. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and was receiving her own treatment while Amy was awaiting the date of her surgery.

Leanne also lost her father to multiple myeloma in 2004.

Despite being familiar with the disease nothing could have prepared her for being told her daughter had brain cancer at such a young age.

However, life doesn’t stop.

There will always be bumps in the road and luckily for Amy she had, and will continue to have, her mother at every step.

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