Samuel Johnson Describes the Heartbreaking Moment He Found out His Sister Had Cancer
Australian actor and Gold Logie winner Samuel Johnson has opened up about the heartbreaking moment he realised that his 11-year-old sister had been diagnosed with cancer.
He spoke with Anh Do in an honest interview on Anh’s Brush With Fame about watching his father sobbing on the lounge after he came home with his sister Connie, following her diagnosis.
“I’ll never forget the moment, the afternoon that I found out,” Johnson said.
“Dad drove an old shitty blue Torana at the time. I looked through the window, and my sister was in the front seat (huddled), like this, wouldn’t look anywhere.
“Then I looked over at my dad, and dad was just white. I was like, ‘shit something’s gone wrong here man’.
“He walked inside and ignored me. I followed him inside, and he was curled up on the couch, in the fetal position, sobbing just weeping, just bawling.”
While Connie was first diagnosed with cancer when she was 11, she has struggled with the disease her whole life. A tumour was found in her womb at 22, she has battled breast cancer, and last year she received the news that there was more cancer in her liver.
Now 40, Connie has two children and has started her Love Your Sister charity with Samuel in to raise money for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. The charity aims to fundraise to find a cure for breast cancer, and Samuel has ridden a unicycle around Australia for the cause.
Connie was given six months to live seven years ago and has since undergone a double mastectomy, radiation, chemotherapy and more medical procedures to fight the cancer.
Devastatingly, she was told earlier this year that medically, she can’t have more chemotherapy.
“I guess my organs are just saying, ‘No more. No more.’”
“At some point the tumours will grow back and grow bigger and I’ll go into liver failure and I’ll sleep a lot. Apparently it’s quite peaceful.”
You can visit Samuel and Connie’s Love Your Sister charity page here.