HEALTH WAR­RIOR

Women's Health Australia - - COVER EXCLUSIVE -

“Go­ing through some­thing like [can­cer] com­pletely strips you of who you are, not only phys­i­cally but men­tally. Work­ing your way back from some­thing like that takes time. [My last chemo­ther­apy ses­sion] was a huge thing, but it didn’t end there. I was down in the neg­a­tive with my im­mune sys­tem and I re­ally wasn’t well, so it was a big cel­e­bra­tion to get past that point, but it took me a good year or two of work­ing on my­self to get bet­ter. I re­ally used food and ex­er­cise as a way to im­prove, and that’s what I con­tinue to do with my life. I al­ways try to make good choices with food, be­cause I know it nour­ishes and fu­els my body. I fo­cus on those things be­cause I can con­trol them.

We were al­ways a close fam­ily. [But the ex­pe­ri­ence] brought us closer in some ways, be­cause they’ve seen you in places and do­ing things that no one else has. But, you know, life keeps go­ing and other things will hap­pen and then you have to deal with those. It’s all part of the jour­ney.

Some­thing I re­mind my­self of every day – and it’s be­come more ap­par­ent since I’ve had my son – is just to en­joy life. Every­one is go­ing to go through things. They may not be go­ing through them at the mo­ment, or you may not know about them, but every­body does go through things. Try­ing to take the best out of a sit­u­a­tion makes it eas­ier. Any­thing is pos­si­ble. If you want to do some­thing, go and do it.

Things have been cre­ated that al­low us to work from home, and travel, or be with our fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­cate [more easily]. I think that this gen­er­a­tion has a real ad­van­tage to use that to live the life we re­ally want.”

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