Cancer Is A Dirty Word.


Hello Ladies, Gentlemen and Brett,

I’ve created this page for numerous reasons. The main one being that there are so many people I love in my life, who are all around the world; I am having a difficult time keeping everyone up to date with what is going on. Also, maybe sharing what’s happening to me might help someone else that finds themselves in this ridiculous situation that is comparable to the shock of being slapped in the face with a freshly caught Sea Bass. Another reason is that I am about to have a hell of a lot of free time and apart from watch funny youtube videos of people stacking it and attempt to learn the piano properly, what else am I going to do?

At this moment in time, it is 19 days after I originally found out that I had breast cancer. In these last (nearly) 3 weeks I have been consoled by numerous doctors and medical professionals, been comforted by some beautiful nurses and have spent some time in hospital undergoing surgery. Surgery included a bi-lateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction and lymph node axillary clearance of my right side (for battlers, that means I had my fun bags removed and replaced with fakies and also had all the lymph nodes removed from under my arm).

My biggest anxiety in this whole thing has been about letting the people I love know about what’s going on. There have been some mixed reactions, most containing shock and disbelief. It’s been so interesting to see how diversely everyone reacts to such news. Some of my thoughts about how to approach this have been:

– What if I tell nobody about what’s going on, say I’m going on a sabbatical from work and go into hibernation?

– What if I just tell everyone I’m pursuing my life long goal of becoming a stripper by getting a boob job?


– What if I just tell everyone the truth? What if I tell everyone I know and love about what is happening to my body and my life and take them on the journey with me? It’d make it heaps less lonely; I never have been one to keep secrets or hide away. In turn, people might be able to share their stories with me, which could make things easier.

So please follow my story. It’s still so fresh, raw and real, but I am so glad you are reading it. I will post as often as I can about updates to do with my health and my life. Please share this with my family and giant extended family, share it with people you think will care; it’s been so difficult to contact everyone. I can’t promise it’s going to be exciting or fun, but it is definitely going to be interesting and if I continue to learn at the rate I have in the last 19 days, I am going to come out of this thing on par with Einstein.



8/4/14 – Summer Onesy is a must have in these dire times of only buttoned/zip down clothing to be worn.

61 thoughts on “Cancer Is A Dirty Word.

  1. Kim Leon

    Wow, so much love coming your way. I know I felt like I was in limbo. The journey through all the chemo and radiation will be worth it. Love Kim xx

  2. Lois

    You are amazing Ali to have such a positive attitude. I know when I got my MS diagnosis, I couldn’t stip crying. All I wanted to do was crawl under my blankets & hide.

  3. Hi Ali, Rhonda Gribble has shared this link with me. Reading your blog brought both tears and laughter.

    I know you can do this. Having cancer isn’t fun. You’re going to face some difficult times, but I know you can do this. You’re strong.

    I would like to share the following quote.

    “The most beautiful people we know are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE DO NOT JUST HAPPEN.” Elizabeth Kubler Ross.

  4. Sarah

    Heyy Miss Monoghan, we all miss you so much! You’re such an inspiring person and I wish you all the best from the bottom of my heart, can’t wait to read what happens next! Xoxo Skaf

  5. Michelle

    Hi there Ms. Sunshine

    I met your Dad (Ian) today in Wagga where I am working for RMS and he told me about your story over dinner.

    I wanted to let you know that I think you are courageous and your Dad is so proud of your positive and determined approach .

    Go hard and stay strong to win the fight.

    Best wishes

  6. Jack Jackson

    Gday Ali,
    Be strong and fight hard, listen to your body and above all stay positive and pray. Listen to everyone’s advice but follow your gut instinct for treatment.
    A mate was fighting lung cancer. Saw naturopaths and had acupuncture, he went all sugar free, natural foods – organic – even bought a water filter with alkaline settings to drink water to assist make blood ph Neutral. He’s been cancer free for about seven years.
    You can do it, you can beat it
    The cancer treatment industry only wants people to be comfortable till they die
    All the best of luck Jack

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