About Suzanne Day & Cancer Coaching Australia
Hi! My name is Suzanne Day and I coach people with cancer, cancer survivors and caregivers.
Cancer Coaching Australia
I’m a survivor of cancer, have lived through 18 rounds of chemotherapy, 32 radiation sessions and 8 major operations. I am also currently a fighter of metastatic cancer.
Sadly, cancer and chronic illness are something that most of us and our families will have to deal with at some point in our lives.
It is not just the financial strain, but a very emotionally draining experience as well.
There are so many people who suffer in silence with cancer and push their loved ones away because they think they have to, and that is not the answer!!! Find your voice!
Before Metastatic Breast Cancer
As a teenager, I moved from Beaudesert, QLD to work full time in Cairns. I also worked two other part time jobs to earn enough money to buy my first property. It was a one-bedroom unit, and I was 19.
Fell in love
Then I met the man of my dreams and married him 2 years later. We moved to Manly, in Sydney, for 3 years, where I worked full time and studied business management and marketing.
Our first son was born there. After that our son and I moved back to Brisbane to be with family while my husband stayed in Sydney and worked on the Olympic stadium for the 2000 games.
2001 Marketing Manager
In 2001, I started working as the marketing manager for an international import company. I was 25-years old. I soon worked my way up to the executive position of operations manager.
At that time in my life we were buying houses and spending our weekends renovating and selling them. I remember there was a period where we renovated 5 properties over 4 years and finally decided to settle in Waterford.
2008 Second Son Born, Global Financial Crisis, Separation
Soon after my second son was born, in 2008, the Global Financial Crisis hit and the company I worked for was closed.
To add salt to the wounds, my husband and I cracked under the pressure of no longer having a high income, and while we were great at working hard, we lost our way and forgot to take care of each other, so we separated.
2011 Single Mum Cancer Diagnosis
Now as a single mum, I was diagnosed with my first tumor in July 2011. I went in for a lumpectomy and my husband thought it would be a good idea to come back and try to care for me.
The operation went well, but it was confirmed that the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes. I was back in surgery 2 weeks later to have them removed completely from my left side.
At this stage my husband cracked under the pressure and left again… Not being able to help him anymore, I went on the help my 2 sons and myself.
6 Months Of Chemotherapy And 6 Weeks Of Daily Radiation
I completed 6 months of chemotherapy and 5 weeks of daily radiation with my mum and my sons as my support people. I remember my boys sleeping in my room with me almost every night, and sometimes when I cooked dinner I would just cry and my son would come and wrap his arms around me and tell me that everything was going to be ok. I was 36. He was only 12.
Looking back, it seemed pretty easy to get through that first time. Chemo is never easy, but I was still able to work full time with a few extra days off being ill and went for radiation every day after work, still managing to pick my children up before the daycare closed. That was an accomplishment! When treatment was over, I divorced my husband of 17 years and began living a very different life.
I bought a little boat and spent every moment I could making great memories with my 2 beautiful boys. I regret nothing in my life when I look into their eyes!
6 Months After My Treatment Ended, Cancer Took My Father
Six months after my treatment was over, cancer took my father’s life, in August 2012. This was a heartbreaking time again for me because I have always been so very close to my Mum and Dad.
Falling In Love Again & My Cancer Returned
In May of 2015, I went in for my routine ultrasound, and after a biopsy it was diagnosed that the cancer had returned. I met with my surgeon and she wanted me to have mastectomy within the next few days.
At that time a wonderful new man was courting me and had a cruise planned, so I told the doctor that it would have to wait, as I couldn’t miss that. With a giggle, she said okay.
Tuesday Morning Showing Up For Cancer Treatment
The Tuesday morning after I got back from my cruise my feet were still sore from all the dancing, which by the way was awesome! And so it began… months and months of terrible trauma, infections, chemotherapy and complications followed, where my new man was there every day to support me and look after our 4 children. (We both had two from previous relationships).
I’d also add that Cancer Coaching Australia is here to help you and the people you love with the challenges of living with cancer. It doesn’t matter what age you are, what type of cancer you have. Life happens to all of us.
Now, there is much more to me and my cancer survival story than this, and I look forward to learning more about you as well, so I invite you to please register for my complimentary Cancer Coaching information guide today.
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Whether you, a friend or a loved one has been diagnosed or is dealing with cancer, there’s no doubt you have a lot on your mind and many questions to ask.
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