Macquarie University student Rebecca Coman has been through a lot more than the average student. After she was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of 17, she thought she would lose it all. But thanks to her fighting spirit, a loving family, and frequent blood donors she was able to win the battle with her head held high. Rebecca became inspired to inform people about the importance of blood donations.
WORDS Rebecca Coman
My name is Rebecca Coman. I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in December 2007. I was 17 years old at the time. Following my diagnosis I underwent a rollercoaster ride of chemotherapy, radiation, steroids, brain operations and endless needles for two and a half years. During this time I needed many blood transfusions.
I am so grateful to those who donated blood as this was life in my veins and has lead me to where I am now: in remission, chasing my dream at Macquarie University to become a preschool teacher.
After battling my journey with cancer I have now been in remission for 18 months. During my sickness I became aware of the shortage of blood, and the constant need for people receiving blood. The need for blood never sleeps or has a holiday. I’ve been on the receiving end and witnessed for myself the miracle of this life-saving gift.
Not many people realise that one bag of blood might save three lives! Sadly only about one in 30 people donate. Considering these statistics, look around and think that the next person needing blood could be your mum, dad, grandma or best mate.
I’m now looking forward to focusing on a future career in childcare. Please do something special, donate today! www.donateblood.com.au