A DAUGHTER is many things to her mother, but the last thing you would expect is to be her chemotherapy buddy.
However, that is a role Larissa Thomas has taken on as the days with her mother, Lorraine Adams, are numbered.
Mrs Adams, 62, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in May, and secondary liver cancer shortly afterwards. Since this diagnosis, her daughter has not left her side.
Together they attend oncology appointments and chemotherapy sessions. Mrs Thomas had made this commitment because it makes her mother feel safe.
"It sounds really bizarre, but those are the best times [chemotherapy sessions] with Mum and although it's difficult, I wouldn't have it any other way," Mrs Thomas said.
Next month, 38 of Mrs Adams's friends and family members will participate in the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay For Life on her behalf. The team, led by Mrs Thomas, is called Lorraine's Angels. So far, the team has raised more than $10,000 towards its $15,000 goal.
■ Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay For Life will be held on November 2 at the Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale. Go to relay.cancercouncil.com.au.