Sometimes life throws you curve balls, the kind you never expected. Carly Mayberry’s came in the form of a breast cancer diagnosis in 2019. She remembers the day clearly, it was just after her 30th birthday when she found a lump.
“It can’t be cancer - I’m far too young to get cancer,” she assured herself.
Carly was living in London and due to travel to Europe and start work over the busy summer tourist season. But cancer had other ideas…… she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
The lump was cancerous and it had spread to her bones. Carly was told she had one chance and one chance only to fight this.
“As I walked from the doctor’s office in London, with a heavy diagnosis on my shoulders, the year ahead absolutely terrified me. The words that no one wants to hear, let alone when they are 30, had been delivered to me,” Carly said.
“I knew I would need to fight this cancer with everything I had by supporting my physical and mental health too and this help must exist somewhere,” she said.
On Carly’s first day of chemotherapy, she sat in the chemotherapy chair receiving her treatment and called around to search for support organisations. She didn’t know anyone who had cancer and wanted to connect to people who understood what she was going through. That’s when she found The Wesley Choices Cancer Support Centre (Choices).
“I dialled the phone number, and walked into the building at The Wesley the next week,” Carly said.
Queenslanders like Carly who rely on Choices can access the free complementary therapies to counteract stress and provide relaxation such as exercise physiology, art therapy, yoga, sewing and crafts. At these Choices sessions, many people form strong friendships. Carly told me it was this connection and support that was key to her road to recovery.