Casino teen loses cancer battle
“IF LIFE was meant to be different it would have been,” were the words of 17-year-old Nicholas Collyer, of Casino, who died from cancer this month.
Nicholas was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 15.
During the course of his illness he endured surgery to remove a tumor from his leg, three rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and extended stays in the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane.
Despite the best efforts of his doctors the disease continued to progress.
“It was just so aggressive,” his mother Susan Collyer said.
The disease came back in his lungs and from there spread throughout his body.
From the time Nicholas was diagnosed until his death he maintained a positive attitude.
“He just took it on the chin,” his father, Russell Collyer, said.
“He never once complained.
“He was so strong.”
Nicholas, a passionate skateboarder, turned to music once he realised, as a result of the surgery, he would never skate again.
“Music soothed his soul and it got him through,” Mr Collyer said.
The family said the journey with cancer had been 'surreal' and even though they knew Nicholas was very sick, they never imagined he would not pull through.
“It was only two weeks before he died that I realized he wasn't going to make it,” his sister Kate, 15, said.
“He just looked so well up until the end.”
Nicholas was supported through his illness by his girlfriend Zoe Goodwin, 17, and his best friend Nat Nipperess.
His mother said she hoped a little bit of Nicholas would live on through the lives he had touched.
Mr Collyer said the support the family had received from the Casino community was overwhelming.
“Something tragic brings out love and support,” Mr Collyer said.