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Mother's Day: sending gratitude, and making room for grief.

Hey amazing Parent Connect Community, Mother's Day is coming up this weekend... and for many people it's a great time to celebrate how mothers, and important maternal and parental figures, have impacted our lives. Including (but not limited to!)... Mums,...

Anzac Day Closure

Hello amazing connect Parents and Carers,

Just a note to let you know the counselling service will be closed this Sunday 25th of April. We would like to take a moment to acknowledge and remember.

If you need support during this time, you can reach out...

Remission and fear of reoccurrence

My son has been in remission for 9 months (Hodgkin Lymphoma), on surveillance and is doing well - he still feels anxious every time he has his bloods done, fearful of a reoccurrence. I worry about late effects and secondaries. Does the worry subside...

Dumb arse things people say

Upfront I'd like to acknowledge that I'm sure people just want to connect and I'm positive that the majority of people are coming from a place of love and support, and they don't want to hurt with the things they say. Nonetheless I've been hit with some...

when easter feels tough to get through: let's talk about that

Hi amazing Parent Connect community,

So... the Easter long weekend is coming up. For some people here, that might have a particular meaning for you or your family, due to your faith or traditions;

for others it's linked to holidays, and being with and...

Covid is not the only germ I’m fighting

When my husband was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer 6 months ago, I went into germ lock down. Cleaning the house, asking all family to update vaccinations, “you want to visit? You will wash your hands!!” Then I thought it was pretty good of the whole...

Getting on with things after AML/BMT currently in remission

I find it difficult some days just get on with things I worried about every bit of pain and whether the AML is back or not

Family Dynamics & Cancer

Here is a great podcast about how cancer can affect family dynamics.

"We often don’t think about the impact that a diagnosis has on a family but it’s actually crucial in those early days for families to begin to look at how they can change the way they...

When the path shortens and the journey is close to its end

Palliative Care and preparing for good bye

Living with Total Colectomy and/or Bladder Removal

Hi everybody!

We have a special request from one of the families we are supporting:

Has anyone had experience (either yourself or your family member) with a total colectomy and/or bladder removal?

If so, would you please reach out to us if you mind us...

The songs that sustain us... (a thread for music!)

Hi everyone!

In my conversations with parents, carers, and young people, I often hear stories about the songs and music that sustain people through tough times.

In the midst of the appointments, the information, the grief, and the tasks of getting to...


My husband passed away just over 3 weeks ago. I have two daughters and I would like to connect with other people in the local area who have also lost their partner

It's National Carers Week!

Carers are people who look after someone who needs help with their day-to-day living. There are more than 2.65 million carers in Australia, which means about 1 in 11 people in Australia are carers.

Carers provide support and help with daily activities...

What do you do to keep it together

Pain I find it so confronting to see my husband in pain. His approach to pain has always been to walk it off, or if he hurt really bad... he would laugh. I used to know it was a trip to the hospital if he was laughing but not walking it...

Coping with stress

Grasping the enormity of it

Favourite quotes?

I help moderate our youth Canteen Connect community and I am constantly inspired by the beautiful quotes they share every week.

I wanted to share a new one: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain."


A statement from Canteen: We acknowledge. We speak up. We commit.

We acknowledge the deep hurt that recent US events are causing and the painful parallels in Australia. We also acknowledge the disproportionate impact cancer has on our First Nations people.

We speak up. Our young people, supporters and staff rightly us...

How is everyone going at the moment?

I just wanted open up this chat to see how everyone is going at the moment.

I know our emotions fluctuate a lot. The roll-a-coaster of cancer!

Recently I had a 3 days respite from my husband. We were at the point where we had nothing to talk about...

You cant remember!

It's amazing how many times i have gone to a Dr's appointment with my husband and the Dr asks a question, he cant remember (chemo brain) and as my brain is in overload, i don't either, so i look through the phone and can answer everything....because i in...