After talking to Chloe about our plan to raise money for her she was overwhelmed with gratitude but with some resistance we have convinced her.
In June 2017 Chloe was diagnosed with Stage 2 Cervical Cancer. She has already started an aggressive treatment of chemotherapy, radiation and multiple surgeries. This will continue for an estimated 2 years.
Although the treatment is mostly funded by the public health system, Chloe is a casual employee and has no benefits to fall back on to assist with her living and out of pocket expenses.
This is where we reach out to you as her friends to help ease the stressful situation by donating to Chloe's Story.
On behalf of all of us we thank you kindly for your donations!
Chloe's Story in her words:
912. That's the number of women to be diagnosed with cervical cancer in Australia in 2017.
12,977,313 That's roughly Australia's female population.
The chances of it being you, 7.1 in every 100,000.
I, like most people believed it couldn't be me, especially at the age of 28, this kind of cancer just doesn't come for women of my age. I had my vaccines, I had a papsmear...
Recently I learnt it could and would.
I was diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer which is aggressive and has spread to the base of my uterus and inguinal lymph nodes.
For the last few weeks I've hated the thought of absolutely anybody knowing about it really, I've lied to people etc because you think something's wrong with you, you think it's your fault, almost feel dirty.
Now through the amazing guidance of my specialists and surgeons, Peter mac and the cancer council and the knowledge that for the next 3 months, every day, I'll undergo radiation and chemotherapy as well as the two surgeries I've already undertaken and today learning it'll be a further 2 years of ongoing treatment with no real guarantee it's going to be ok, they worked up my courage to say "hey this is me now". They are and have been truly amazing people.
This won't define me in any way and I'm sure it'll make me stronger but it's slowly sinking in that not only can I not hide it, I can't run from it. I almost need to embrace it.
Whilst it won't define me it will change me, it will change me mentally, physically and probably worst of all it changes my ability to carry a child of my own.
I now know though I can also spread awareness in speaking up, may be one of you will go for that overdue papsmear or book your first that you've been to embarrassed to have or even take any form of sign seriously that something is wrong both male and female and book that medical appointment.
No matter how many times I write this it'll never be right but I'm not after perfection anymore...
This is the beginning of a big chapter of my story and I guess now I'll take you all along with me.
- Catherine Barker
- India Papa
- Rebecca Goodwin
- Gen Burke
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