I'm 45 years old. I have a wonderful, supportive, husband, Brad and two amazing daughters Charlotte who's 14 and Marlee who's 10. We all love nothing more then hooking our little caravan on the car and heading out to explore somewhere new in our beautiful country.
I have truly been blessed with a beautiful life that I'm grateful every single day for. But 10 years ago just after Marlee was born I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, this was a huge shock to both me and my family. I straight away had a double Mastectomy and very harsh chemo then some radiation on top. Doctors said after all the treatment that I would have next to no chance of it returning. So for the next 5 years I lived life like there was nothing wrong it was great. Then the cancer came back, this time with a vengeance. I was 17 weeks pregnant when I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer in my spine, I was in unbearable pain but that was nothing compared to the emotional pain of having to give up my unborn child, this broke me and crushed Brad. I Don't think we will ever get over that, but I choose to fight for my two beautiful girls and make fun loving memories with them.
The cancer started in my spine and is eating away at my bones, I can no longer walk unaided.
I have just been in hospital trying to help my pain. My doctors did test while I was in and gave us news we weren't ready to hear. We have been told there is nothing more my doctors can do. The cancer is active and spreading but the chemotherapy is no longer working so the doctors have taken me off chemo. My pain is getting unbearable and nothing I try including they try is easing my pain anymore. My doctors have told me its time to now remain comfortable and ride this out as long as I can.
I am now nearing the end of my fight, I don't have much time left. I don't want to give up and sit around feeling sorry for myself and just wait to die, that's just not me. I want to push and fill the rest of my days while I still can trying to fill my girls life with wonderful memories and great fun.
It would mean the world to me if we could take one last big family holiday to Darwin, the only trouble is my husband Brad is my full time carer, therefore he can't work at the moment so there is no way we can afford a holiday.
Brad has been my rock through all this putting hes life on hold to care for not only me but also my dad at the end of hes life, I cant thank him enough for that. It cant be easy. And my girls are still so young, all they have ever known is there mum being sick. They all deserve this holiday so much, and I want nothing more then to take them on this last family holiday and create some beautiful memories together before my time is up.
Darwin is the holiday we have all so desperately wanted to do as a family, but just always got stopped from getting there. The first time we tried mum called to tell us dad was seriously ill so we went home to help look after dad. After that we then hooked our van up and tried again. We only got as far as Mt Isa when I got very sick and was put on an emergency flight home leaving Brad and the girls alone to travel home were I was waiting in hospital. It was a huge blow to us all.
Darwin is just the place Brad and I have always dreamed of sharing with our girls. I want to be able to show them Uluru and do the walk around the base at sunrise, I want to feel the heat of the Darwin air on my skin and swim in the ocean on the Great Barrier Reef before my bones are to fragile to swim in the ocean, that scares me because every day I get more fragile.
My dream is for my girls to have memories of there mum never giving up and always enjoying life with them while I can. The good memories need to out way the terrible end I have been given.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story and how important this trip is to me. I really hope you and your family will consider any monetary donation to helping making this dream come true for my family and I in getting us to Darwin, it truly will be a dream come true one we will never forget the family holiday that we have all longed for.
Thank you again from the bottom of my hart from my family to yours love Deslie, Brad, Charlotte and Marlee.
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