I think one of the positive things to come out of the experience has been the random acts of kindness from people we don’t know very well or we don’t know at all.
For example, Ashley’s dad had given some money to a local organic food shop in town and asked if they could supply us with some basic foods to keep us going. The lady there decided to cook meals for us wrapped in silver foil that could go in the freezer. She didn’t charge for any of her time, just used the money for the produce. It just really helped keep us going on a day-to-day basis when things were really tough.
Another positive has been watching Ashley become an ambassador for what he went through. He’s been amazing at being able to articulate his experience and show in an exhibition of his photographs and a book.
He's been to many conferences where he’s stood in front of lots of patients, leading surgeons and cancer specialists, and talk to them about what he’s been through.
I know my son, Rowan and I have both been extremely proud to see how Ashley’s been able to take something that’s been such a difficult experience and really turn it into something positive by helping other people.