AT THE age of 20 a young woman should be enjoying time with friends, dancing in night clubs and fending off advances of wannabe suitors – of which 99 per cent her father wouldn’t approve!
In a devastatingly cruel blow for quietly-spoken horsewoman Taylah Schembri, none of those actions are in the realm of possibility.
Instead of the care-free lifestyle which should go hand-in-hand with her age, Schembri is facing the battle of her life.
Schembri was recently diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer, which is a tumour found anywhere in the oesophagus.
In Australia, Oesophageal Cancer is predominantly diagnosed in the lower section of the oesophagus, adjoining the stomach.
Adenocarcinoma, which starts in the glandular tissue of the cells lining the oesophagus, is the most common form of Oesophageal Cancer in the nation.
The other form is Quamous Cell Carcinoma, which starts in the cells that line the oesophagus.
Alarmingly, the five-year survival rate for Oesophageal Cancer is only 22 per cent.
Schembri’s crusade has already resulted in several rounds of chemotherapy in hope of decreasing the size of her tumour.
With her condition worsening, Schembri – who graduated from pony trots to race driving – needs to be fed via a tube directly into her stomach.
In a bid to help Schembri, who can no longer work, and her family with the financial burden, long time friends the Mifsud family have organised a GoFundMe account, which can be reached by clicking HERE
“Tayla is a wonderful kid,” Austin Mifsud said. “She always been such a sweet girl and what is happening to her is heart breaking.
“We’re just trying to help in a small way by taking away some of the stress over money for her treatment…no one should have to worry about something like money in times like this.
“Every little bit helps.”