Sur­vivor’s cal­en­dar on sale to­day

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - JES­SICA LAMB Jes­sica.Lamb@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

HER­VEY Bay breast cancer sur­vivor Kat Thomp­son will bare all to­day with the re­lease of a fundrais­ing cal­en­der.

The local mum-of-four was only 40 years old when di­ag­nosed with breast cancer.

Now 41, Kat de­cided to par­tic­i­pate in the So Brave 2019 cal­en­dar off the back of fin­ish­ing gru­elling treat­ment.

“I was so re­lieved it was all over. I was done, I was so happy,” she said.

“I could put all this un­pleas­ant­ness be­hind me and move on with my life.

“What was I go­ing to do? How was I able to pay it for­ward?

“I had to do some­thing. I had to help oth­ers that may be in the same po­si­tion that I’d been in.”

Kat was trans­formed by body-paint artist and will fea­ture in the third an­nual breast cancer fundrais­ing cal­en­dar avail­able to the pub­lic to­day.

“At my first chemo treat­ment I was given a So Brave cal­en­dar by my breast care nurse,” she said.

“I had been feel­ing so grey and yuck and here was this brightly coloured cal­en­dar with beau­ti­ful young women who had been down the same path, taken sim­i­lar jour­neys to me and they were smil­ing and liv­ing their lives.

“I was so in­spired by it all and thought to my­self, if they could get through all this nas­ti­ness then I could too. It re­ally helped with me want­ing to stay pos­i­tive and be­lieve in my­self and that I would get through it.

“If I can help even one young woman be breast aware and help pre­vent breast cancer in any way then that’s what I’ll do.”

Kat spent eight hours nude in a stu­dio be­ing painted in Novem­ber last year be­fore ven­tur­ing into Her­vey Bay to be pho­tographed in her home sur­rounds.

Un­til last night, at a pri­vate launch event in Mel­bourne, Kat had not seen the pho­tos. “I’m re­ally ex­cited,” she said. “Through­out my jour­ney so far I have held the be­lief that what­ever hap­pened it would be okay, my four daugh­ters would be great, their life wouldn’t be changed too much from this hor­ri­ble ill­ness.

“My re­la­tion­ship be­came stronger.

“I adore my girls more and now I’m liv­ing my life again as I be­lieved I would.”

The cal­en­der will be launched in Her­vey Bay at a Cock­tail Party fundraiser on Oc­to­ber 26 at the Her­vey Bay Boat Club.

Tick­ets are avail­able at fraser­coasttick­ets.com.au or on Kat’s So Brave Model Am­bas­sador Face­book page.

Photo: Ge­orge Yang

SO BRAVE: Her­vey Bay woman and breast cancer sur­vivor Kat Thomp­son has fea­tured in the So Brave cal­en­dar fundraiser.

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