In 2014 I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer
Like most Australian families, Cancer has heavily affected us. Having already had relatives lose their battles with Cancer I was devastated to be diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer at the age of 25, which required me to have my thyroid completely removed. Thankfully, it was found very early on; I was one of the lucky ones.
After being diagnosed and treated I saw life in a new light. I had always loved mountains and hiking, spending some time in the Colorado Rockies a few years earlier, as well as always climbing the local mountains where I lived on the Sunshine Coast. Back then I had always been intrigued by the idea of trekking to Everest Basecamp, and it was only 18 months after having my thyroid removed that I decided to go for it, solo.
When the time arrived and I finally made it to Basecamp, I looked up at Everest towering over us and thought "I just want to keep going".
Since then I have completed two more peaks - Australia's highest Kosciusko and Africa's highest Kilimanjaro. Last year I attempted to conquer Europe's highest peak, Elbrus, however was forced to turn back due to unfavourable conditions.
It was not until my Aunt was very recently diagnosed with stage two Breast Cancer that I decided I will dedicate my next climbs to raising funds for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. My goal is to be one of the few Australian women to complete the Seven Summits.