My Cancer Story – The Mackenzie Family – CLAN Cancer Support

My Cancer Story – The Mackenzie Family – CLAN Cancer Support


– Harry and I met at school. (laughing) – We had a singing competition at school and she always says to me, “When I saw you singing Bros, I thought, wow I like him”. – It was a month before my 16th birthday and it was Harry’s 17th birthday party at his house, that his mom and dad didn’t know about ’cause they were on holiday. (laughing) – So, we met and we’ve
been together ever since. – Jacque was probably always the one I was looking at be with. – Absolutely, love at first sight. I was diagnosed with secondary
breast cancer in 2015, September the 6th. – We were kinda told there and then that it spread from the breast to the liver, and we went and met the Oncologist and it was, dare I say, it was just, world turned upside down. We had so many questions with him. We came out on Foresterhill kinda in shock, if you like. – Harry and I were standing at the ARI and we just decided that, we were standing, crying at each-other,
looking at each-other, not knowing where to turn. And it just came in to our minds that CLAN was just around the corner, and that was the reason
why we just came down here. Because we needed time, we couldn’t just stand outside crying. We needed time to sit and process what had just been told to us, really. So that’s what we did do, we came down here, we met Iona we sat for well over an
hour just chatting and, and it did feel like we weren’t alone. And I think that’s one of
the biggest things for me, at that point in time I did feel alone. And even with Harry there, I did feel alone. But I didn’t when I came here. Sorry. Being a mum to Harry and
Megan is just amazing. Honestly. And what we’ve done as a
family, is we obviously try to support Harry with coming to the
Young Ambassadors group. – With my mom’s diagnosis, I think its affected me quite a bit. But I think with the help of Kellie and CLAN, as a whole, is just been really good ’cause I don’t think I had that support with the first three years. But I think its helped
me a lot, definitely. My favorite thing about
catching up with Kellie is definitely going to Starbucks. (laughing) And also, just speaking in general and not having that thought that, oh, Kellie’s from CLAN. I need to speak about cancer, I need to speak about my mum, it’s like someone who I can
just speak to normally about my mates, my football, just
anything in general, so. Yeah. – My relationship with
Megan’s just amazing. I mean, every day we talk. Every single day. – Since my mum’s diagnosis,
I’ve actually been living in London. I moved literally as
she was diagnosed, and, for me, it’s knowing that CLAN are there to support my family and, when I can’t, and I think that knowing
that there’s that stable ground for them to go to
and to speak to someone and even for little Harry having Kellie there to
continuously support him. And me, I mean Kellie’s
given me her number, and she’s like, “You can call me anytime, text me, whenever you need” and knowing that that
support is there is just so beautiful and reassuring. And, if anything, I just wish
there was a CLAN in London that we could go to, and spread the beauty of CLAN to everyone. – We also did a family
group session with Kellie at the house, which was fantastic, really enjoyed that day. Megan, it was good because,
individually, we all got to say our own thing which, some bits surprised me, other bits didn’t. But at least we all got
to express how we felt about everything that was
going on, to be honest. It’s something that we don’t
often get to do as a foursome, because with Megan being away so often. And then when she comes home, we don’t want it always just to be about mom’s cancer. You know, we want it to be a time that she can come home and have a nice time at home, rather than always just talking about me being ill. Everything was going okay,
which I thought was going okay, and the tumor came back. – You know, with a terminal diagnosis. There is gonna be tough times. – It was really important
for me to come back to CLAN once the cancer had returned, just to feel that you’ve
got that support again, because it’s quite funny how life just takes away from you, once you start to feel better. I wasn’t really needing that support, now I’ve been diagnosed
with terminal illness. I feel like we do need
that more support now, as a family, rather than just me myself. I need it for everyone. So, yeah. What keeps me going is a drive to live. I hope they’d offer CLAN for our future and, obviously we don’t know
what the future’s gonna bring, but, I would hope to think that their support will intensify, and hopefully help not just, well obviously, not just myself, but through the period of time when it, you know, when I’m not here.

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