Queensland mother and daughter both been diagnosed with cancer just months apart.
North Queensland teen Bethany Carlton was just 17 when she was told she had Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of muscle cancer, the Brisbane Times reports.
After having a lump removed from her breast just months before her 18th birthday and starting chemotherapy Bethany’s mother, Mybritt Larsen, revealed that she too had been diagnosed with breast cancer a mere three months after her daughter began treatment.
“I just started laughing and then she started laughing and I said, ‘I am so sorry, I feel terrible but this is just so random, what are chances of this happening,'” Ms Carlton told the Brisbane Times.
“I said, ‘Why are you trying to steal my thunder Mum? I am the one with cancer, not you!’.
“After that I went to my friend’s house and I had a little cry because I was a little upset.”
“When mum is sick I look after her, and when I am sick she looks after me,” Bethany says. “My appreciation for the little things has grown.”
“I love waking up in the morning and feeling good. I used to sleep in until 11am in the morning and now I get up at 7am, have my breakfast and get out and do stuff.
“It has changed my outlook and appreciation for things. All the novelty things that people want in life is just nothing to me. As long as I am healthy, I have friends and family around me, I have food and a roof over my head, I am really lucky.”
Her chemo treatments due to finish in February 2016 and her mum’s to be all wrapped up by the end of next year, Bethany has started focusing on her future.
“My ultimate dream goal, I want to be a disney princess at Disneyland in Tokyo,” Bethany said.
“I have wanted to ever since I went to Japan in 2012 and I learnt that is actually a thing.”
“But I don’t think I am the sort of person who will stay in the one job forever. I want to do a million things. I want to be a police officer, I want to own my own business, I want to work in an ice-cream shop.
“It is almost over and I am so excited and I can’t wait.”
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We wish them both all the best.
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