In­spi­ra­tion from bat­tle with ill­ness

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jenny Gal­braith For more de­tails or to register visit eventbrite.­cer­boot­camp-tick­ets-17270232731 or call 0420 702 612

AN OAKHURST woman’s bat­tle with can­cer spurred her on to en­ter the Mrs Aus­tralia con­tes­tant and be­come an am­bas­sador for oth­ers strug­gling with the dis­ease.

Giselle Tadros, 28, is a fi­nal­ist in the pageant and will rep­re­sent NSW and com­pete to be­come Mrs Aus­tralia In­ter­na­tional in Novem­ber.

She was di­ag­nosed with Hodgkin’s lym­phoma six years ago while study­ing psy­chol­ogy and un­der­went a stem-cell trans­plant and in­ten­sive chemo­ther­apy, which re­sulted in the loss of her hair.

“When I was given the di­ag­no­sis all I could think about was my idol Delta Goodrem. She got through this re­mark­able jour­ney and I knew I could too,” Mrs Tadros said.

“With any chal­lenge or pain or dif­fi­culty, the only way through it is to go through it – go through the fire.”

She is now a reg­is­tered psy­chol­o­gist, and de­votes much of her time to rais­ing money and aware­ness for the Aus­tralian Can­cer Re­search Foun­da­tion.

“To­day I would like to be an am­bas­sador for all these other women who are go­ing through sim­i­lar jour­neys and send out the mes­sage that you just need to be pos­i­tive and stay strong and live life,” Mrs Tadros said.

The Mrs Aus­tralia con­test is for mar­ried women and high­lights women’s com­mit­ment to char­ity and com­mu­nity work.

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion Mrs Tadros will hold a five­week boot­camp box­ing char­ity event in Septem­ber.

The Beat Can­cer Boot Camp Chal­lenge will be at St John The Beloved church grounds in Mt Druitt and cost $100 for the five weeks or $30 per ses­sion.

Giselle Tadros of Oakhurst is a fi­nal­ist in Mrs Aus­tralia.

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