Story is a Friend

Story is a Friend

Moving, Real, Emotional, Inspiring – women can create a better world for mothers, kids and families – Merle Finkel wBreast cancer Networkho 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.

Cancer advocate Merle FinkelBreast cancer Network and the Cancer Council Morning teaThankyou to the wonderful women of NCJWA – Victoria Nadel and Madi Jacobson and the committee – who invited me to speak about ‘Always Jack’ and support cancer research.


Susanne Gervay

I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

1 Comment

  1. Zoe Campbell 2 years ago

    Good on you Susanne for doing all that soulful work to help others by sharing your own experiences – you are an inspiration to many.

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