‘I will always take a moment to be thankful’: Delta Goodrem shares a rare photo of her battle with cancer as she marks 17 years since Hodgkin lymphoma was diagnosed
Delta Goodrem’s world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in 2003 at the age of 18.
And on Wednesday, the 35-year-old Australian singer reflected on her battle with cancer, marking 17 years since she heard the devastating news.
She shared a black and white photo of herself playing the piano and confirmed that the photo was from cancer treatment.
“I’ll always take a moment to be thankful”: Delta Goodrem shared a rare photo of her battle with cancer on Wednesday, 17 years after Hodgkin’s lymphoma was diagnosed
“Today is July 8, the day I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when I was just 18,” Delta wrote in the caption.
“I will always take a moment every day this day to be thankful.”
The voice coach explained that the photo, which showed her with a shaved head, reminded her to always strive to make music even in the most difficult times.
Reminder: The voice coach explained that the photo, showing her with a shaved head, reminded her to always strive to make music even in the most difficult times
“So for the fighters, stay strong and you’re not alone,” she concluded.
Last week, the ARIA Award-winning singer launched her own charity to raise money for cancer and autoimmune disease research at St Vincent’s Hospital.
“It means great to be able to give back and really make a difference – in a concrete way – for positive change,” said Delta.
Philanthropic: Last week, the ARIA Award-winning singer launched her own charity to raise money for cancer and autoimmune disease research at St Vincent’s Hospital. Pictured with an associate professor, John Moore, who was her physician in her fight against cancer
The Delta Goodrem Foundation Fellowship in Cellular Therapy will support the hospital’s clinical trials in using a patient’s own cells to treat their disease.
The hospital is currently planning to expand its operations with a Center for Excellence in Cellular Therapy, which will include national and international trials.
Delta shared her own battle with cancer and how it affected her life in a moving interview with WHO magazine in April.
Battle: Delta was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003 when she was only 18 years old
What is Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Hodgkin’s is a cancer of the lymphatic system that carries white blood cells throughout the body to fight infection. It usually affects groups of lymph nodes.
The lymph nodes in the neck are the most common site of Hodgkin’s cancerous tumors, but they can also be found in the armpit, chest, groin, and abdomen.
The cancer can spread through the lymphatic system throughout the body and affect the bones and organs such as the liver, lungs and spleen.
She said of the diagnosis, “It was as if a bomb had gone off.”
“I remember when I was first told that I had cancer, my body went into shock and I trembled uncontrollably for the next 24 hours,” added Delta.
Delta lost her hair to chemotherapy and said the changes in her appearance were “confrontational.”
She has had cancer treatment for a year.
This included eight months of chemotherapy and two months of radiotherapy.
“It was very hard to feel beautiful externally – my skin tone was green, there were many steroid effects and it was hard to feel good,” said Delta.
She added that going through remission was just as challenging. “It was like a bomb went off and you have to put all the pieces back together,” she confessed.
After defeating cancer, Delta said her health remains her priority.