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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...

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...


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

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."


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

Palliative Care and preparing for good bye

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...

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...


Hi everyone,

We want to give you an update on how Canteen is managing coronavirus (COVID-19) as we’re having to make some changes to the way we provide support in the next few months.

You may be aware that cancer treatment can weaken the body’s immune...

Mother's Day

Hey there Canteen Parent community. We just wanted to firstly acknowledge all of the incredible mum’s out there coming up to the weekend. We know all you do and want to say THANK YOU! We know that during COVID your mum duties have gotten even bigger than...

Delicious Food Stories

Hey all!

We had a really lovely Parenting Through Cancer Virtual Drop-in yesterday. So much insider knowledge was shared about how folks are getting through such strange times.

We finished the group with sharing our very own Delicious Food Stories We...

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...

Conversation with my teen

Just wondering how many of you with teenage children had lengthy discussions with your child during treatment. My son and I hardly spoke at all. I still felt very close to him but unlike in the movies there were no deep and meaningfuls. Is this common?

So they stay or do they go

Hi my husband and I both have been diagnosed with NETs. He was diagnosed 5 years ago and is stable I was diagnosed last year - major surgery in November then diagnosed with carcinoid heart disease in Jan and now preppping for open heart surgery in July ...

Family communication and mobile technology

When we're talking to parents about how to best communicate to their kids, we here at the CanTeen Connect team often talk about one main topic of frustration - mobiles! And importantly, encouraging young people to look up from their screens for long to...

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...