Career diagnosis

Career change... Mokshya Balage. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d444913
Career change... Mokshya Balage. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d444913

Ms Balage (18) was diagnosed at 15 while still at school and was forced to take a year off from school.

Before the diagnosis, she was planning on studying to become an engineer but after seeing her doctors at work, she changed her mind.

�After going through leukemia, I wanted to do something in the health field,� Ms Balage said.

She is now studying a Bachelor of Science at Curtin University. The 18-year-old received a $2000 Redkite and Coles Dare to Dream Scholarship to assist in her studies.

The diagnosis in February 2012 was tough, especially as she was about to enter Year 12.

After experiencing symptoms of illness, she went to see a doctor but was sent home.

She then went to an after hours doctor and was sent to Royal Perth Hospital, where she found out she had leukaemia.

�It was a bit of a life changing experience; the whole world stopped,� she said.

After she returned to school, she suffered a relapse in Year 12 and as a result had to do final exams in hospital.

�I couldn�t remember as much, which was really annoying,� she said. �Sometimes I would forget what I was saying mid sentence.

�I was determined to finish school one way or the other.�