“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”

Over Easter, I spent a few days with one of my dearest friends, who lives in different state and many hundreds of kilometres from me. She was fighting a hard battle, and although I couldn’t change her situation, I could be there for her and with her.

While we shared a few days together, I documented their time as a family, as they went about their normal weekend. Those that we walked past, or sat next to, had no idea of the battle this family were going through, and nor us them.

I hope that in years to come this beautiful family will be able to look back at this time and remember it as a time of frilly princess dresses, hair braiding, big gummy smiles, walks along the beach, flower picking, holding your girls hands, holding Ellie close as you feed her and gaze into her eyes, scooter rides, and the love that was shared between this family. I hope that these memories hold stronger than that of everything else they had been going through.

Mel’s story is an important one. She has been so brave, and I am so proud to call her my friend. Please read her story below, and help spread the word.


Mel’s story:  

It’s been 12 weeks since my last Pap smear, and 9 weeks since I heard the words “you have cancer”. I was breastfeeding my 8 week old baby while reading my 4 year old a story at the time. 3 surgeries and a lot of heart ache later, I have now been given a 5 year survival rate of 99%. I got “lucky”. Without the support of my incredible husband and babies, my amazing parents, and my nearest and dearest friends, along with my outstanding medical team Dr Milton Sales, Dr Glenn Lowe and Dr Geoffrey Otton, I may not have faired so well. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet it affects up to 800 Australian women per year. If you’re one of my female friends, book your Pap smear now. If you’re one of my male friends, encourage the females in your life to do the same. It takes 90 seconds, it’s NOT awkward, and in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, it’s free. Cervical cancer can happen to anyone, but early detection can save your life. I’m baring my soul in the hope of saving someone because I wouldn’t wish the last few months on my worst enemy. Please help me share my story and together we can start a Pap smear revolution to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer.

Click on the following link to read Mel’s story