If you are celebrating with your mother today I would like to wish you a Happy Mothers’ Day!
I am lucky to still have my mum with me. At age 90 she is living independently, continues to drive herself around and still manages to volunteer regularly. I thank mum for raising me to have a similar outlook on life—to be resourceful, independent, resilient and to have a strong desire to volunteer, help others and do my part to make the world a better place.
May is Brain Cancer & Tumour Awareness Month, also known as Brain Cancer & Tumour Action Month. Several brain cancer and tumour charities and advocacy groups are urging people to ‘Go Grey in May’ for brain cancer and tumour awareness. This means wearing grey clothes or a grey awareness ribbon.
I survived two brain tumours in 2008 and am currently living with another (3rd) brain tumour. Going grey in May is a way to help raise awareness of the shocking outcomes for patients of brain cancer, which has a five-year survival rate of just over 20%, kills more young Australians aged 18-40 than any other cancer and kills more Australian children then any other disease. It’s a little known fact that ‘benign’ brain tumours can also be life-threatening.
We have still have a long way to go towards understanding, treating and one day curing brain cancers and tumours. That’s why raising funds for community education, research and advocacy is vital.
For more information about brain cancers and tumours you can visit the websites of the following organisations:
Prior to Christmas I was diagnosed with a slow-growing meningioma (brain tumour). My treating medical professionals are monitoring its progress but at this stage it does not pose a serious threat to my health.
I do however need to undertake some other treatment which means I am taking a short leave of absence from Parliament. I look forward to returning in the near future.
I am still available to serve my Tasmanian constituents so if you have any issues or queries I can help with please feel free to contact my office.
I’d like to remind anyone who wishes to support brain cancer or brain tumour patients to please donate to Cure Brain Cancer.
Thanks to everyone who has shown care and support.
Today is International Childhood Cancer Day.As a brain cancer patient, advocate and Cure Brain Cancer Ambassador, today serves as an opportunity for me to remind people that brain cancer kills more Australian children than any other disease.This tragic fact motivates me to fight for a greater investment and effort in improving brain cancer survival.
I was impressed by the extraordinary achievements and contributions of all award nominees and winners, including those of Maureen McDonald, who I nominated, and who has given forty years of service to Li-VeTasmania through the Acorn Branch.
I enjoyed visiting Howrah Beach Child Care Centre (Phoenix Children’s Services) with Julie Collins MP to discuss the importance of early childhood education and care – not just to workforce participation but because of the vital contribution it makes to the learning and development of children. We were excited to see progress on the centre’s new premises.