I am raising money for BCNA and I would welcome any contribution, great or small, that you could make! I am trekking through Tuscany in 6 weeks time with Inspired Adventures, Over 5 days, I will be trekking 96kms along the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim track that runs between Paris and Rome.
On 27th August 2013, my world was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer - I was a full time practice nurse and single parent with 3 children aged 12, 10 and 7, in Outback NSW - who had to travel away from home for Surgery (Adelaide) and Radiotherapy (Melbourne). I was fortunate to have my Chemo here in Broken Hill. My family who live in Victoria were a great help and I know that they sacrifced their time to help me when I needed it.
While I am still undergoing Hormonal Treatment, so far, I remain free of cancer. That said, I continue to live with the fear that all survivors of cancer live with - the fear of recurrence - with any sign of my body being unwell, I experience that anxiety that it is possibly the return. Being positive and living my life to the fullest, doesn't make the fear go away, but it helps me to keep life as normal as possible for myself and my children, who have learnt more than they should know about illness so early in their lives.
Now I feel it is my turn to give back and also fulfill on of those Life List wishe of visiting such a beautiful place. I am raising money for BCNA to support other women and also men who already have Breast Cancer and those who will have that frightening shock of being told that they too have cancer. BCNA provides supports in all kinds of way to these people. They certainly helped me.
I have already raised $2000 but am short of my $4000 target. I have self funded all of my travelling costs. For me, trekking 96kms is bring me back to health, I have been physically and mentally training since July for. This has resulted in losing 15 kilograms so far and on my way to three dresses lost. I am feeling the healthiest and fittest I have felt in 5 years.