Inspiration from battle with illness
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.