Our dreamer Teena is a 44 year old single mum who means the world to her 3 kids.
“Just like a lot of women my age, I still feel like I’m in my twenties. Well, I did until I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2016.”
After the mastectomy, complications arose followed by gruelling treatments of chemo and radiation close. Teena hardly had time to heal before a bone scan found the cancer had metastasised through most of her vital organs and surgery was scheduled.
“I woke in post op and was told that the surgeon couldn’t do the operation because my liver was riddled with cancer so pretty much he was sorry and I thought bugger,” Teena writes.
“I’m lucky with my diagnosis, I get to say goodbye to my family. It could definitely be worse. Don’t get me wrong, I hurt. I cry in the car when I’m alone when I think about leaving my kids and not being here for my youngest when she goes to high school”
While her family isn’t big, they rallied around her.
And while her dream to travel to Perth on the Indian Pacific had to change with news of bushfires in Kalgoori, she chose to extend her trip with her adoring family.
In Perth, she met her family where they filled the days with activities from go-kart racing, vineyard tours and visiting cider houses. And what better way to enjoy the beautiful sights of Perth than with a Harley ride down to the beach with her brother and brother in-law.
“I can’t believe the time went so quickly. It was such a full 6 days that it almost took me a week to get over but well worth it,” Teena says.
“It’s all I can do to keep smiling at the world and the world can keep smiling back at me until I can smile no more.”