In the past three years, Maggie Gorham's mum, dad and grandmother have all battled cancer. Less than two years ago, Gorham gave up footy. On Tuesday, the promising forward will probably be drafted to Greater Western Sydney.
All AFLW draftees face challenges to get to this point, but Gorham's journey has been rougher than most.
Her story starts in the NSW town of Young, birthplace of Australia's greatest Test off-spinner, Nathan Lyon.
When Gorham was six, her family - mum Donna, dad Brett, older brother Jackson and older sister Georgia - moved to Canberra for Brett's work.
Maggie looks back at the move fondly.
"I don't think there's much going on in Young," she says.
The Gorhams were a rugby league family while Maggie played soccer in her primary school years. Australian football was foreign to her.
But she played the game in year seven at Canberra's St Francis Xavier College, learning the rules and loving it. Her best mate at the time was playing locally for the Belconnen Magpies. Their junior side only had 10 or so players, so Maggie was coaxed into coming down for a kick. She loved that experience too and promptly hung up the soccer boots.
Her parents found the game foreign but loved watching her play.
"They had no idea why everyone was calling out, 'Ball!' It took Mum and Dad a few years to learn that rule."
Maggie was pretty handy. She won a couple of best and fairests, made the ACT under-16s team and found herself playing in the under-16s national championships in 2014 as a full-back. Lo and behold, she was named All-Australian in a team featuring the likes of current AFLW stars Madison Prespakis and Monique Conti.
But with that excellence came pressure.
"Along with the, 'Oh you're good at footy' there was also the, 'Oh she's not that good'. Being young, I think all the pressure got to me. I was having the thoughts, 'I don't think I can do this,'" Maggie said.
This came against a turbulent family backdrop.
"My nan got diagnosed with cancer. She lives in Young. They don't really have the right treatment down there. She came up and lived with us for about 12 months when I was 15," Maggie said.
"At the time, my brother was still living at home so she took my room so I was pretty much couch-surfing for 12 months.
"Mum had to do a lot of the driving for her. Mum took her back and forth to the hospital for a good nine months there."
Thankfully, her grandmother went into remission.
"When that all passed, nan moved back to Young, got all settled in, and then dad found a lump on his groin.
"That was surprising, to be honest, because he's not that old and looks after himself. That was kind of a big shock for us."
It was another year-long process, but everything settled.
"Then mum found a lump on her breast.
"You just don't expect that to happen to you and your family. And then when it does, it's a bit surreal at the time and then it sinks in that, 'Oh shit, this is actually happening.'
"You don't really know how to take it. I was in year 10, 11 at the time of [her mum's illness].
"Footy was probably the best thing for me at the time. Seeing the changes in your family, it's not nice to see. But having footy for three or four days a week I think really helped me at the time.
"Thinking about it now, I still can't believe it happened. But everyone's good now. Obviously still having their check-ups, but everything's good. We were very lucky to get three out of three."
Jackson and Georgia both supported their younger sister.
"I think we all handled it pretty well. No one really showed too much, unless it was positive."
But at the end of 2017, Gorham, wearing that pressure of expectation, felt she'd had enough of footy. She decided to give up the sport in which she had such a clear talent. That was until the eve of round one last year.
"It was the night before the first game," she says. "I was talking to mum and saying, 'I don't know what I've done here.' And she was like, 'You can still sign up.' And I was like, 'I don't know how that's going to sit with everyone else.'
"I just registered literally the night before the first round last year. Rocked up with my boots to play second grade. I played with the div two Magpies girls and then thought, 'Why did I even think about quitting this?' I have not thought about not playing since."
This year Gorham won the senior Canberra league's best and fairest, despite having just finished school. She has nominated for the draft in the NSW zone, meaning the Giants are the only club who can take her.
If selected, she will be reunited with fellow Magpies graduate Jodie Hicks. Gorham watched the 2017 draft from school as Hicks was taken at pick No. 5.
"It'd be pretty surreal, thinking that I just wanted to play for fun and play with my mates, to then actually thinking, 'I could do this.' I think it would just mean everything to my family."
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