I like to say that cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet.

I’m not going to say having cancer is easy. Most of the time, it’s really hard. Cancer took away a lot of my teenage years from me. I love Ayr and everything about my hometown, but we had to keep leaving all the time for appointments and treatment – and the treatment didn’t work, either.

I was always sick, and different. Cancer can be really lonely at times, actually. But I’ve been so lucky to have my mum right beside me the whole way. She’s a nurse, which has really helped. She never stopped trying to find answers for me – not once.

We tried other places and other things before The Wesley. But Mum told me she knew this was the place that could save my life. I can honestly say, I love my whole medical team. They never do anything without looking at all the options and the risks. I’ve got a lot of complex conditions so there’s a lot at stake. I literally owe them my life.

All through the cancer, I’ve had my music. It keeps me going on the hard days. I always say, smile anyway. When I’ve got to have brain surgery – I’ve just had two – or treatment, I just make up my mind that this is going to make things better, not worse.

After 25 bouts of radiation therapy, I felt tired and sick. It really knocked me sideways. But my team at The Wesley was amazing. I don’t know how we would have coped without them. The level of care there, and the support – it’s incredible.

If you can send a donation to help The Wesley, you’ll not only be helping me, but lots of other Queenslanders with cancer.

Keely is living her life to the fullest, she now has her own kids entertainment show that is being booked right around Australia. You can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of patients and their families by donating today.

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