Jason Carrasco and his best friend Cassie Nascimento shared a bond like no other.
The kind of bond that comes with the experience of battling cancer in the prime of your life.
Jason was diagnosed with testicular cancer at 18 while Cassie diagnosed with a rare brain tumour at 16.
The pair fought for their lives, together, on-and-off over three years during a time when they should have been enjoying the end of high school.
But in a cruel twist of fate, the day Jason received the all-clear, Cassie was diagnosed with another brain mass that had come back in two parts of her brain. She passed away in November.
In tonight’s episode of Sunday Night, journalist and cancer survivor, Sally Obermeder told Jason and Cassie’s heartbreaking story.
Jason Carrasco wrote for Mamamia in May this year.
This is Jason and Cassie’s story in Jason’s own words.
I was in my final year of school when I was diagnosed with testicular cancer at 18. I was confused and scared and had to have months of gruelling chemotherapy and two operations to cut out the cancer.
The initial diagnosis was overwhelming but finally became bearable when I was introduced to Cass Nascimento, who was the same age as me. She was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour when she was 16. Before I was diagnosed she had been through three brain operations and had the strongest chemotherapy and radiation available. Despite her own battles, Cass was always, and always will be, a source of strength for me.
Cass and I fought cancer together – on and off – for three years. She was the only one who knew what I was going through, and I could understand how she was feeling too.
When I was 19, I was cleared of cancer. In a cruel twist of fate, the very next day Cass found out her brain tumours had come back. Throughout our friendship, there wasn’t a time when one of us wasn’t sick but that just meant that one of us was always there to support the other, no matter what.