Cancer: My Journey Thus Far

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First of all I would like to apologise to all my dear ones who did not have this news. As you can imagine this last period of time has been very busy. I have been to a seemingly endless marathon of medical appointments each with more shocking news than the last. It has been a personal crisis, a turning point: the kind of which necessitates an appraisal of ones attitudes, beliefs, hopes and dreams. Life is short.

I have received a diagnosis of stage four colorectal cancer with one primary tumour in my colon and four small tumours in my liver. I have been managing very well, with the support of my family. I am happy to be home in Sydney, soaking up the winter sunshine and eating a pile of vegetables.

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The last six months have been quite exhausting but now, post crisis, I am feeling positive and optimistic. I have had five cycles of chemotherapy so far. I tried out fasting whilst on the chemo and I had an excellent response as far as tumour shrinkage and reduced side effects. Article here:

https://news.usc.edu/63669/fasting-triggers-stem-cell-regeneration-of-damaged-old-immune-system/

I feel fortunate to be surrounded by really great natural health professionals and medical doctors and nurses. The below photo is of myself and my new mate Megan in the hospital chemo ward.

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These little guys are called T Cells. They are responsible for destroying nasties in the body including cancer cells. I’ve been visualising an army of them coursing through my blood stream reaching every one of my cells. My immune system is strong and healthy again.

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I have been busking to raise money for the treatment and have experienced an outpouring of well wishes, kind gestures and heart felt support from complete strangers. I was a little rusty at the time as had not had the energy to practice for many months and I was just so relieved to be playing again!

It is a very moving experience to mingle with the public under these circumstances. Everybody is affected by cancer at some stage in their lives, we are not alone as we have each other. A kind stranger left this note in my case one day:

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My beautiful friend Suwindi has offered to run a fundraising campaign for me throughout August and September to help pay for my expenses.

https://chuffed.org/project/eliza-jaye-cancer-treatment

I chose to have IVF egg harvesting as the chemo is damaging my fertility. I have had numerous MRIs and CTs paid for independently. Specialists appointments are often partly paid for by the NHS but there is a gap. I attended a 5 day workshop at the Quest for life centre ‘Living Mindfully With Cancer’ which has been an incredibly useful resourceHospital fees, blood tests, anaesthetists.. Oh.. it just adds up and suddenly you’re in thousands of dollars debt!

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Some of you may have been wondering what I’ve done with my van. Well.. I shipped it to Australia! I can see it every day in my parents car port. Dad and I have done some carpentry on it and it is running sweetly and purring like a kitten. I just can’t wait to get back on the road and have more adventures! Tasmania is my next intended destination where I plan to get my forthcoming album mastered with an engineer I’m keen to work with there.

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The show I did in the UK last December was a great success. I bid farewell to my beautiful friends, colleagues and supporters and had a really fun night. Half of my adult life has been spent in the UK and it was difficult to leave. Equally I feel that I have made the right decision. I now have two little nieces in Australia to play auntie to and I can make up for lost time with my dear mum and dad.

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Please feel free to leave messages at the bottom of this post and follow my blog if you would like to keep up to date. I am being very careful to manage my stress levels at this fragile time and apologise if I am unable to respond. I am thinking of you all with much affection.

Eliza xx

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16 Responses to Cancer: My Journey Thus Far

  1. joanna Parker says:

    I walked into the Neptune one sunday afternoon some years ago, you were there tuning instruments and twiddling knobs.Then you began to sing, it was like stepping out of an ordinary afternoon into a David Lynch film. You sang with such feeling, tears rolled involuntarily down my face. You expressed something I cant find words for even now. It was an afternoon i will never forget.
    I was moved to write when i saw your news. Your attitude is impressive and you are clearly strong in spirit. I just wanted to wish you well and to say how much I loved your music that day, it woke up my soul.
    Thankyou for that, Joanna x

  2. Adam says:

    Hey Eliza,
    I’d heard you were having a difficult time from Ru, so it’s great to read your story here. Well done on kicking cancer’s arse thus far. Your strength and courage is very inspiring. Keep your chin up, you’re a star!

    Lots of love,

    Adam (Kidd) X X X

  3. Maria Ka Chinga says:

    Hi Eliza,
    Shocked to read you have been going through this… you have always been one of life’s special ones… Keep remaining platinum strong you rock n roll sweetheart… Kick it’s asss! Sending all the love, happiness, strength and healing to you right now and your family xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  4. Keren says:

    Oh Eliza
    I’m so sad to hear this news and of the tough journey and pain you’ve had to endure. I will never forget your angelic voice which always made the hairs on my neck stand up…just beautiful, as is your heart and soul. You truly are one of the sweetest dearest most talented people it has been my absolute pleasure to have known. We had some giggles in the cafe and restaurant didn’t we!? You are a very inspiring brave woman….keep up the battle with that courage of yours. I wish you all the very best on your onward journey to kick cancers arse! Much love to you my lovely xxxxxx

  5. Gillian Kiss says:

    Sending our love and healing thoughts your way Elizabeth. Glad you are staying positive during this incredible journey. Thinking of you often. Gill and Imre xxxx

  6. Acker says:

    Mixed emotions. Sad to hear the news but very happy to hear your beating the bugger.
    Keep strong and good luck
    All the best
    Acker

  7. Pauline McGlade says:

    Well written Elizabeth we are looking forward to catching up with you shortly you have been very strong keep it up enjoy your time up North in the sun love you John and Pauline x

  8. Jan Sahita says:

    It has been not too long that we came to know each other to a level to become friends. And this journey based on trust I found very pleasant and joyful as we shared our thoughts and life experiences. But now I see you in a state that is not encouraging enough. You are bold and brave enough that I am quite hopeful that you would succeed in managing any difficulty coming to you.
    As a friend I am really shocked at this sudden news, I shall always pray for your health and wellbeing.

  9. Wow! Thanks for sharing Eliza. What a mighty lady you are, and what an album your experiences are going to make some day! Keep pushing against those waves, sending love. X

  10. Drove Road crew says:

    Hello Elizabeth.

    We are sending you lots of love and huge hugs from Brighton. Your strenght and talent are remarkable. We wish we could send you tons of T cells to join your already powerful army…Meanwhile, would you please tell us if there is any way to support the fundrasing from here? Is there any link you would share please?

  11. Karen vagabond says:

    Miss you, beautiful one. Thanks for sharing this inspirational story. You continue to amaze me with your strength and spirit and courage. Keep fighting and believing. Please keep me updated and send details of the crowdfunding campaign. I want to help. All my love darling.

    Karen xxx

  12. Sue Ander says:

    Hi Elizabeth, stay strong girl you’re gunna beat this. Looking forward to catching up for a big hug soon. Luv Sue & Phil

  13. Monica Shannon says:

    Eliza you are an amazing woman.
    Such strength in the face of incredible adversity .
    Loved hearing you play such a beautiful piece .
    Thank you.
    Love Monica

  14. Lynne Phillips says:

    Hi Elizabeth. I’m a friend of your parents and was aware of your illness. I found your post this morning, coincidently when I was thinking I should check in with them.
    I wish you well on this path that life has steered you along. The medical journey is arduous. Thankyou for this blog. It’s an honest assessment of your treatment.
    I hope that the community continues to support you emotional and financially. And that the generosity of your friend to hold this fundraiser event is rewarded. There’s a lot of love in the world, tapping into it is the trick.

  15. Paul Vallis says:

    I was shocked and saddened to read your news Elizabeth. My (positive!!!) thoughts are with you and your beautiful family!! Love your attitude and have no doubt you will recover full health again and hopefully very soon!!
    Love and best wishes!!!!!
    Paul Vallis

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