Nicole's story

Nicole Quinn

On the 5th of May, 2004 my life was turned upside down. I was only 13 when I was diagnosed with leukeamia.

My treatment started off well, but in June that completely changed. I had adverse reactions to two of the chemos. I had a number of major seizures which landed me in the Intensive Care Unit. I had another lot of seizures about a week later and was placed on life support. Things were not looking very good for me. But luckily, the support of my family and friends and my amazing doctors and nurses helped get me through.

I did however come very close to not coming out of there. I lost my major motor skills and most of my fine minor skills. I had to learn how to walk again, had to teach my body how to eat and drink again and had to learn how to hold a pen and write again.

People are amazed to learn of my story when they look at me. I still suffer from the effect of my cancer and its treatments, but I am so blessed to be here. I want to share my story and encourage others in my situation.

I have recently been fortunate enough to volunteer and help Cancer Council with Daffodil Day and share my story to help other people just like me!