Last year seemed like such a blur to me – never in a million years did I think I’d make it through, but I did! I wasn’t expecting a cancer diagnosis or the months and months of treatment and surgeries that goes with it. While I knew it would be a tough gig emotionally, I wasn’t expecting the financial toll this would take on me. And I definitely wasn’t expecting the toll this would take on my body, physically…draining is an understatement!
However, with the emotional and practical support from family and friends and St Catherines College, I was able to make it through some of the hardest times of my life. I have been so grateful for the continued financial support from Rotary and Australian Rotary Health. With backing from them, it meant I could focus on my studies as I wasn’t able to secure any work like I was initially hoping to when I relocated from Derby.
Towards the end of 2019 saw a shift in my energy levels as well as my career goals. I decided to enrol in Speech Pathology at Curtin University and started in January 2020. I was unable to complete a practical component of Nursing due to major surgery that I had in November. To be honest, the thought of shift work with how I was feeling after treatment played a major part in me switching from nursing.
Speech Pathology is still within a field which I’m so passionate about; improving Indigenous literacy outcomes will play a major role in individuals’ future success. Plus, I have NEVER met an Indigenous Allied Health Professional…I will be proud to be one by the end of 2021!
Thanks again for sticking by and continuing to support me, this means the world to me! With a combination of all the support I have received last year, I actually managed to successfully pass a year of Nursing at Murdoch! If I can do it…anyone can!