Where I’ve Been & Where I’m Headed

I would have laughed if someone told my 21-year-old self that one day, people would be able to Google my name and read headlines like, “Australia’s Angelina Jolie” or that words like “founder”, “author” and “activist” would be at the forefront of these searches.

Let alone, knowing that one day, I’d meet Angelina and Brad on the red carpet – not as a screaming fan, but as a respected guest that Angelina herself specifically asked to meet with.

The global attention and career that I’ve created for myself, stems from some unlucky factors and hard-to-swallow curveballs. However, I attribute my story and where I am today, to my immense passion for evoking long-term change in our health sphere and fixing the problems and neglect that I’ve experienced first-hand. To say my career was shaped by my experiences is more than accurate.

I was around 14 when my mum was told she had breast cancer. That news is devastating for any family, but for mine, it brought legitimate fear that history was repeating its self. My grandma was 44 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and my great grandma was 68. We soon discovered all this “bad luck” was attributed to the BRCA1 gene fault, the same gene made famous by Angelina Jolie.

This discovery left me faced with my own risk of cancer and I felt, as a young mum, alone and frightened. I knew I had to break this cycle somehow, so I decided to have a preventative double mastectomy in 2009 at the age of 25. Having experienced the isolation and lack of information for high-risk women like me during this time, I decided to be proactive about helping others which lead to me creating Pink Hope.

Looking back, I feel as though I’ve blinked. So much has changed in such a short amount of time and what we’ve been able to achieve is beyond anything I could have ever imagined as I sat in my hospital bed, creating this organisation. The rapidly growing momentum surrounding Pink Hope is showing no signs of slowing down which is exciting and scary – but mostly empowering.

 

“I attribute my story and where I am today, to my immense passion for evoking
long-term change in our health sphere and fixing the problems and neglect that
I’ve experienced first-hand.”

 

Looking forward to where this momentum can lead, I’m thinking and dreaming big – because that’s the only way to truly evoke change. I am absolutely dedicated and ready to change the world by impacting as many communities as possible, ensuring knowledge transpires to the people who need it. By authentically shedding the much-needed light on serious issues, we can change the future. It is the only way to truly ensure a better future for ourselves and our children.

Not-for-profit is a changing area and you need to be continuously innovative in your approach to the work. Although, when you are passionate about the issues – it doesn’t feel like work at all. I believe that sometimes the path we set out on in life, leads us to unexpected destinations and I’m looking forward to where the road ahead will take me and this advocacy mission I am on.

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