My name is Jane and my life has been impacted by breast cancer.
On Sunday March 3, I’ll be taking part in the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run to show my support to the brave Australians who battle this terrible disease, every single day.
One woman in particular who has inspired me to take part—my mum, Val.
My mum is one of those women who lights up any room she enters, so you can imagine how devastating it was to learn she had breast cancer.
It was 2013, and I had just returned from backpacking through Europe, when Mum told me. I was immediately worried, thinking I wouldn’t have a mum for much longer.
I was terrified of losing her, but I knew I had to put on a brave face because she needed my strength more than ever.
Mum also needed support, which is hard to provide when you don’t really know how to give it. That’s what makes Mater Chicks in Pink so incredible. From her breast care nurse, to her mastectomy bra, to the make-up classes and wigs that gave Mum back her confidence—they knew how to give Mum the support she needed most.
I don't know how Mum would have done this journey without all the staff, all the nurses and doctors, and Mater Chicks in Pink support.
Since Mum’s diagnosis we have become so much closer. We are living life to the fullest, and doing things we never would’ve done before.
But, Mum’s journey hasn’t been easy, and the last couple of years have been especially tough. Her cancer has now spread, and we don’t know what the future will hold.
What I do know, is that the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run is an awesome way to show women, like my mum, with breast cancer that they aren’t alone.
Mum gets very teary about it, but it’s just an incredible day. She’s been doing the event for years and years, even before she was diagnosed. She never thought she’d be on the receiving end of their support.
If you decide to join us and see me on the day, please say ‘hi’. It really is incredibly touching to have you take part for people, like my mum Val.