When my cancer journey began I was a 46 year old wife to Simon and mother living in Adelaide, South Australia. My children are adults now, with one living overseas in Vancouver, Canada, the other still living at home. I work as a travel blogger and freelance travel writer, spending a good proportion of each year travelling to destinations near and far.
Aside from travel, I love to read, walk, hike and be active. I have an unhealthy obsession with jigsaw puzzles and I rarely watch tv. I spend one day a week being favourite Aunt to my three-year-old niece and nephew, the rest of the time is being a slave to my laptop.
Cancer was not a huge surprise to me, but the form was. I have a family history of melanoma, and with lovely pale skin in the harsh Australian sun I have been just waiting for that to raise it’s ugly head. I did not expect to get breast cancer. Only one family member – an Aunt – has previously had breast cancer over twenty years ago, and with a lumpectomy and radiation, she has been cancer free ever since.
I’ve discovered in the last few years that I love to write. I was not going to write my cancer story, but I believe this process will be cathartic. I hope it will help me straighten thoughts out in my own mind, and if others find this helpful in their own journey, that’s a bonus.
To start reading from the beginning, go to my first post That Day This Journey Began
To read more about me and my travels, visit my main blog Josie Wanders