Beating cancer and how this whole experience helped me find myself

Beating cancer and how this whole experience helped me find myself

(Image above: Revisiting Blacktown Hospital, where I did chemotherapy and radiation therapy. They folded 1,000 paper cranes for World Cancer Day.) On Tuesday the 29th of May, 2018, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I went through 4 rounds/8 sessions of ABVD chemotherapy. I stayed in the hospital for 8 days in September [...]

Dressmaking Diary: Looking back at 2018 and forward to 2019

Dressmaking Diary: Looking back at 2018 and forward to 2019

If you follow this blog enough, you'll definitely know that this year has been crazy for me! But I just wanted to write this post to look back on my original plans for this blog, how these plans changed, my sewing achievements and my goals for Dressmaking Diary in 2019. The original planMy very first [...]

Fighting cancer and what I learnt about courage

Fighting cancer and what I learnt about courage

As I fight cancer, people tell me to “be brave” or “be courageous”. While I always appreciate the sentiment and the thought, I never really understood the words. If someone says "be brave while you fight cancer", what do they even mean by it? Because no matter what anyone says, I’m still gonna be afraid of needles. I even cried during an injection once while I was in hospital!

Getting Diagnosed with Cancer and What it Taught me about Love

Getting Diagnosed with Cancer and What it Taught me about Love

"CLASSIC HODGKIN'S LYMPHOMA" I remember reading my biopsy diagnosis with my boyfriend, Gino, at the doctor's office. I studied Medical Science at university and majored in Immunobiology (ironically), and I knew what lymphoma meant. But I had to hear it for myself so I asked, "what does that mean?" "Cancer of the lymph," my doctor said.