What Tessa did next

HER HEALTH STORY MOVED THE NA­TION, BUT THE NEXT CHAP­TER HAS AL­READY STARTED. IN­TRO­DUC­ING TESSA JAMES – AC­TOR, COF­FEE JUNKIE, RUN­NER, PAR­ENT AND FIGHTER

Women's Health Australia - - CONTENT - By Alex Davies Pho­tog­ra­phy by Michael Nau­moff

More than three years in re­mis­sion from can­cer, much-loved ac­tress Tessa James talks fit­ness, fam­ily and more

WWhile our pho­tog­ra­pher sets up at a stu­dio in Syd­ney, Tessa James is sur­rounded by an “aw”-ing stylist, agent and WH staffer. Rea­son? She’s proudly show­ing us pho­tos of her son Saynt on the flight to Oz from LA where, as of early 2018, she and hus­band Nate Myles (of now-re­tired NRL fame) have been based with their nine-month-old. The scene re­flects a new chap­ter for the much-loved Mel­bourne-born ac­tor, who’s nailed stage and screen in shows in­clud­ing Home and Away and Love Child and is now mak­ing her name in the US. In late Fe­bru­ary, two months af­ter giv­ing birth to her son, the 27-yearold marked three years in re­mis­sion from Hodgkin’s lym­phoma, a can­cer of the lym­phatic sys­tem with which she was di­ag­nosed aged 23. Tessa has spo­ken be­fore about her and Nate’s tough de­ci­sion not to de­lay her can­cer treat­ment in or­der to un­dergo fer­til­ity pro­ce­dures and freeze her eggs, so hear­ing her in mum mode now feels even more poignant. “[My son] looks ex­actly like my hus­band, but he’s me in that he just goes from 0 to 100 and then straight back down again and crashes,” she laughs. Tessa’s easy­go­ing en­ergy is fu­elled by her love of cof­fee, sure, but also her fo­cus on nutri­tion, fit­ness and fam­ily, as well an ap­pre­ci­a­tion that life can change in an in­stant. As she re­veals here, it’s all just part of the jour­ney. NEW MUM

“[Nate and I] love par­ent­hood. Peo­ple tell you so many things and you hear things, but you never re­ally know un­til you do some­thing.

It’s the best thing that’s hap­pened to us and we are re­ally en­joy­ing it. You know, it’s hard, but it’s a great chal­lenge. It’s amaz­ing see­ing this lit­tle per­son that you cre­ated grow up and learn things and see things for the first time. [Saynt’s] get­ting quite ac­tive. He loves his sleep but goes hard dur­ing the day. It’s work­ing those things out, which is re­ally fun.”

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