NEW LEASE: Sam Bradshaw is looking forward to the next step in her life after being cancer-free for a year.
NEW LEASE: Sam Bradshaw is looking forward to the next step in her life after being cancer-free for a year. Jacob Carson

After a year cancer-free, Sam looks forward

"CAUTIOUSLY optimistic" is one of the better ways to describe the last 12 months in Sam Bradshaw's life.

After all, very few things in life are certain when it comes to cancer, but for the time being - it's gone, nowhere to be seen.

"The outcome is always different for everybody, no two treatments are the same," she says.

"I did a pretty comprehensive treatment, blood transfusions and chemo, but they told me they were happy around four months in and I thought that's great.

"When you get told that you won't need to make any more appointments, that's such a release."

The diagnosis of Choriocarcinoma, a rare form of uterine cancer in September 2015, started with Sam falling pregnant.

Deemed a "molar pregnancy", where the fertilised egg isn't able to come to term, the cells instead turned cancerous - and then moved to seven areas of her lungs.

Cancer is more than harrowing enough to deal with on it's own, but it took on another dimension with Sam and her partner Adam's wish to become parent's one day.

"At this moment I still don't know if I'm physically able to become pregnant," she says.

"But we'd still love to be parents, and we know there's more than one way to get there."

Rather than let the diagnosis overwhelm them, the couple pushed through - with Sam putting in shifts at Jacaranda Family Dental in between exhausting therapies.

"Adam worked full-time throughout the ordeal, he was a rock," Sam says.

"But what are the other options, just giving up?

"As hard as it can be, the thing I say to others in this situation is not to give up hope, it's not the end."

Ms Bradshaw, knowing how lucky she is to be free from the burden of cancer, is now committed to making the most of the chance she's been given. The first step?

Scuba diving.

"I'm out of my comfort zone, it's exciting," she says.

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