Simone's Hope Benefit Night has been organised to raise funds to assist Simone to travel overseas for cancer treatment. This treatment has been extremely successful for others with Stage IV Lung Cancer and has given them hope.
After completing all of the conventional treatments including chemotherapy and radiation, Simone's dream is that she will have many more years of life after this treatment, so many more years to spend with her beautiful children.
My name is Simone and I live in Oakdale NSW. On the 28th April 2014 I was diagnosed with lung cancer which had spread to my liver and has now spread to my bones. For those of you who know me and for those of you who don’t I am sure that you can relate to my story. Like many of you I am a mum. I am a mother of 8 children with 2 step children also. My kids range in age from 24yrs to 6months old. Of those children, 8 of them live at home still and I have 5 children with Autism and other related disabilities. I am very tough and am not going to lie down and let this beat me. I need to be here for my children as I am sure you can understand as they are my life and always will be.
It is absolutely shattering to be given a cancer diagnosis and be told that you may have only a year to live. To even think about that you may not see your daughter’s first birthday or your other children grow up is absolutely gut wrenching and the most debilitating sadness in this whole world. Every time I think about my children and their futures and the possibility that I may not be a part of it I am brought to tears because I just cannot imagine life without them or their life without me. No-one ever does it the same way your mum does and like all mum’s out there I have my way of doing things which my kids live by. Whether it’s a kiss goodnight or tucking them into bed, picking them up when they fall or great encouragement for doing well or trying their best I am always there to give it and can’t imagine not being there and that’s why I am not giving up without a fight.
I am very busy and always on the go. I rarely get sick as I have a very positive attitude and really just do not have time! That may sound silly but it works for me. My life and my children keep me going. I manage all my children’s therapies and everything else they do. This is a full time job and that is why I plan to be here for a long time regardless of this cancer diagnosis. They need me and I most definitely need them!
I have followed all of the advice from my doctor’s and have completed all of my chemotherapy and radiation treatments. I am now looking for any hope so that I am able to increase the amount of time I can be with my children.
I am asking for your help so that I can raise enough money to go overseas for medical treatment which has been extremely successful for others with cancer and has given them many more years of life. I also hope that I will get many more years of life with this treatment and so I hope that you can find it in your heart to make a donation. It doesn’t matter if it is big or small as everything counts.
I thankyou very much for taking the time to read my story and thankyou for your help!