There are some stories that make you really sit up, take notice and appreciate everything you have in your life.
45-year-old Hassia Dumoulin, a mum to a seven-year-old boy, is currently going through chemotherapy for bowel cancer after a long battle with breast cancer years ago.
I have a son just like Hassia – but the difference is that I’m (thankfully) healthy. The strength and positivity of this remarkable woman is truly inspiring.
Originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, Hassia spent years in treatment, including undergoing a double mastectomy. By 2013 she had beaten it. But in June this year she was diagnosed with bowel cancer and she was given between six and 36 months to live.
Unwilling to let cancer beat her, Hassia has grasped life with both hands. She’s keeping herself busy – learning Japanese, studying and doing charity work while raising her son. She told me she is dedicated to literally living each day like it’s her last.
“When your oncologist tells you that you have between six and 36 months left, you need to focus on the good things. I have a little hope of living longer because I’m only 45, but every day I try to live life to the fullest,” Hassia says.
It was when Hassia’s son started telling her “don’t die” and “I want you by my side mummy” that she decided to look for help outside of the medical profession. She said the Cancer Council was there to provide essential support services every step of the way.