Moving, Real, Emotional, Inspiring – women can create a better world for mothers, kids and families – Merle Finkel who is fighting cancer every day, chooses to be a hero – she was brilliant advocating for cancer research into ovarian cancer and women’s cancer – she brought me to tears. I want her to live so much.
It was my turn to speak at the Morning Tea for the Breast Cancer Network Australia and the Cancer Council (NCJWA) and I had to brush away tears.
I swallowed and shared my personal story of being a single parent with cancer.
Kids need to be part of the journey of cancer.
I love my children so much and did not tell them I had cancer – it was to protect them. But kids feel everything and when they did find out in the end, they were afraid.
Silence does not protect kids. Inviting children into your journey carefully, lovingly, allowing them to support you and give their love, strengthens them, whatever happens.
I wrote ‘Always Jack’ so that mothers and children can share the journey with laughter, family, truth and talk.
The Cancer Council endorses ‘Always Jack’ because story is such a powerful way to reach kids and bring love and hope for the future.