Since my diagnosis of neuroendocrine cancer in October 2014, I have relied on Neuroendocrine cancer Australia (formally The Unicorn Foundation) for advice and support. I am running the Virtual City2Surf to hopefully raise some money and much need awareness.
My mum was first diagnosed with NETs in 2007. She had a successful surgery but unfortunately it came back in 2011. Since then she has been fighting with incredible courage, good humour and determination.
Since my NET cancer diagnosis in 2015, I have participated in Run Melbourne building up to my first Half Marathon last year. I have also used this event as a fundraiser for NeuroEndocrine Cancer Australia (formerly known as the Unicorn Foundation.) As many running events around the country have been cancelled or postponed, I found a virtual Half Marathon event to participate in called ‘run it anyway in May’ but will also participate in other virtual events throughout the year.
My daughter's Indie and Kenzie suffer from a genetic cancer known as MEN2a (Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2a) unfortunately they happen to have an aggressive mutation of MEN2a. This is something that will affect them for their lives.
My husband is currently undergoing treatment for Neuroendocrine cancer. As it is a rarer cancer that has spread, it is not currently curable. He is in a clinical trial at Peter Mac and so far has had good results - all tumours are shrinking. We are very lucky to have such a great medical system and support - the trial has meant he is receiving treatment for free.