Mum's vow to fight cancer
By BREE PRICE
DOCTORS give terminal cancer patient Cindi Galbraith less than 18 months to live, but she is determined to see her three young sons grow into adults.
Mrs Galbraith was diagnosed with lung cancer in June, just months after beating breast cancer, but said she will fight her illness for Zak, 8, and 6-year-old twins Ben and Josh.
"At first it was devastating news, but then I thought it is just a challenge I've got to work through," Mrs Galbraith said.
"I've got too much to do and I've got to see my boys grow into young men, and I believe I will.
"I believe I'll fight it."
Mrs Galbraith yesterday marked Pink Ribbon Day from her Alstonville home, feeling too unwell to attend the placement of 100 pink silhouette dolls in Riverview Park, Lismore, to support those affected by breast cancer.
But she said she was at the park in heart and soul, disappointed she wasn't able to be there.
She said being diagnosed with cancer had led her to her role in life ? to help women with cancer.
"I will be one of the lucky ones and I believe I have cancer for a reason," she said.
"It has made me realise my purpose in life, and I know my role is to go out and help other young women with families with cancer and just to be there for them.
"Whether it be a shoulder to cry on, someone to scream at, or a hand to hold."
Mrs Galbraith, who has weekly chemotherapy treatments, said support was incredibly important for women battling cancer.
"Support is vital in the early stages of being diagnosed with breast cancer, particularly being able to talk to someone around your own age about what you're going through.
"You always have your family, friends and your spouse," she said.
"But to talk to someone who knows how you feel is very important."
Mrs Galbraith said it was hard to remain positive every day.
"I've never been a 'why me' kind of person, full of self-pity. It's just not in my nature," she said.
"But I do have a cry in the shower occasionally.
"You have to allow yourself to have down days.
"I just always think there are people worse off than me, and no matter what your situation, it still could be a lot worse.
"I believe in the power of the mind and coming to grips with my situation and dealing with it.
"I see it as a challenge in life and I will get through it.
"It is one of the hardest things I've had to do. But I will get through it," she vowed.