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An open letter to the supporters

An open letter to the supporters

An open letter to my dear friend, Leah To be loved deeply by you, and without condition when you are in the middle of white hot pain is a gift so meaningful it is hard to describe. It is a rare and immeasurable comfort. I wanted to say that I know there’s a cost to...

Back into the trenches

Back into the trenches

Like a soldier, finally home from the war, only to hear the sirens of battle again. The prospect of going back into the trenches of childhood cancer strikes a paralysing fear into the hearts of every parent who has faced the beast with their child.

Maybe swearing will help

Maybe swearing will help

Swearing can be the most powerful utterance we can make. Fuck you! Fuck NO! Fuck yeah! Fucking hell yes! Fuck my Life. Fancy as Fuck. So often we can't change our circumstances. The only way we have to accept our circumstances, when they're shitty, is how we cope with...

Women who are opting out

Women who are opting out

A few clever women I know. Women at the top of their game. Women who seemingly have it all, are opting out. Opting out of relentlessly burning their candles at both ends. And they are making decisions. “You really can have everything… just not at the same time” isn’t...

The Beginnings of Bravery Box

The Beginnings of Bravery Box

Pop over to the link to listen to the interview of Tanya and Shane Richards about the beginnings of Bravery Box and Cancer's utter lack of manners. https://www.abc.net.au/radio/brisbane/programs/mornings/bravery-box-nurse-shane-and-tanya-allan/13122910

My hard doesn’t make your hard any easier

My hard doesn’t make your hard any easier

Hard isn’t a competition, there's no podium finish for those in the most pain. But comparing pain CAN lead to a feeling of isolation (for both you AND your friends). We need to look our hard stuff right in the eye and say ‘I see you’. Dismissing your sadness because...

Step away from the Mum Guilt

Step away from the Mum Guilt

The only way I can genuinely teach my children that other people have their back... is when I fail them. The only way I can teach my children to stand alone, is when I stand aside The first time I began to understand this, I was at the funeral of a childhood friend....

Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces

Being a good friend to a person in pain can be the bravest thing you'll ever do. It means letting them yell, letting them be unreasonable and loving them until they find a way back to themselves. Being a friend when you're in pain can be tricky as well. I often made...

I don’t know how you do it

I don’t know how you do it

  I don’t know how you do it I wasn’t given a choice. I’m calling bull shit on this ‘I wasn’t given a choice” malarkey. We’ve all been there – or maybe you’re still there. Someone says to you, quite genuinely “I don’t know how you do it” because they’re actually...

Eating ANGRY for Breakfast

Eating ANGRY for Breakfast

​​Breakfast of champions, right?   Shovel in some angry with your Weetabix? Delish.   Whatever your story with a ‘insert really difficult shit show with your kids here’ - the one consistent emotion seems to be a bubbling rage kind of anger. My shit show is...

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