My mum Fiona was my best friend and one of the strongest people I have ever known.
In 2004 when I was 12 years old, Mum was initially diagnosed with breast cancer. She didn’t let this diagnosis get her down and utilised the valuable resources provided by Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). It was things such as the My Journey Kit that helped her to understand her condition and confront the battle ahead with as much confidence as possible.
In 2011, our worst nightmare again became a reality; mum had been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer that had spread throughout her body. Again BCNA’s resources helped her to understand her diagnosis. Despite the devastating news, Mum didn’t let this bother her too much, still enjoying life doing the things she loved the most. Mum handled her diagnosis with courage and positivity that left everyone she met in awe of her, which she simply brushed off and didn’t understand.
In January 2016, Mum finally succumbed to this horrible disease and passed away surrounded by family after a 12-year battle. Two months before she passed, I was able to make her proud by running in the Sussan Women’s Fun Run raising much needed funds for the charity she held closest to her heart – BCNA. I hope one day women will not have to experience what my mum and so many other women do and it is through fundraising that this will become a reality.
I will carry my mum’s values and character with me not only when I run this year but for the rest of my life.