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My Lucky One · Nights Of Iguana
Story Of The Nights Of Iguana
℗ 1986 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Unitor Oy
Arranger: Nights Of Iguana
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Even after a beautiful book launch supported by the gracious and genuine Margie Abbott and hosted by Karl Stefanovic, a long time supporter of mine and Pink Hope, I still have to pinch myself that I am a published author. If you rewind back to an 18 year old girl who had no confidence, was in a deep dark depression and struggling against drugs and alcohol… you wouldn’t believe that person was me. She is a shadow of who I am today – I am confident, happy, passionate and living my life in the best way I can for myself and my family. I am now the daughter my parents deserved, the wife my husband can be proud of and the best Mum I can be to my three gorgeous children.
Why do I call myself the Lucky One, It is a question I am often asked. It was not until I was 25 and had become the 4th generation of women in my family to have a double mastectomy but I became the 1st generation to beat the family cancer curse. I felt lucky because I had a choice, I had an option…. So many families do not find out their risk until after they are diagnosed with cancer and often too late.
Prevention became my cure. The moment I realised I could control my future was the moment I believed I really had one. For so long I felt like a victim living under the shadow of cancer…. However creating Pink Hope has been my victory. I get to spend every-day ensuring no high risk family walks the journey alone. We have become a national prevention movement. Saving and changing lives every-day. And it started because while I was lying in my hospital bed I felt sorry for my mum and Nan… they were watching their only daughter and granddaughter loose her breasts… Pink Hope is a positive legacy and reminder to them that the future is bright…. I am lucky because I carry your gene mum, because that means I have been born into the most incredible family with the best mum in the world… it is such a small price to pay to be your daughter.
As I embark on my next preventative surgery in a few months removing my ovaries to beat my risk of cancer. I am the one benefiting from Pink Hope, I have women emailing and calling me from all over the country telling me what to expect and what the recovery is like.