Breast Cancer Warrior
Mother & Baby Magazine ‘Mother of the Year’ 2016
Community Fundraiser for National Breast Cancer Foundation
Community Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Care WA
Since being diagnosed with advanced, aggressive Stage 3b Breast Cancer at the age of 37, just 18 hours after the birth of her second child, Farrah has been on an intense medical journey which resulted in unexpected reinvention and self-discovery.
Throughout a gruelling treatment regime which encompassed six months of dose-dense chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, 25 rounds of radiation and multiple surgeries and hospitalisations to counter unforeseen side effects, Farrah also survived a devastating separation with the father of her two small children, and embarked upon life as a single mother with new and invigorated hope for hers and her children’s future.
“Cancer saved my life”, says Farrah. I was able to free myself from an oppressive and suffocating relationship thanks to the new value I had for myself and my life.”
“I was seeing my worth in a whole new light and it was no longer about the approval I received from my partner or from others, but the pride I had in myself for surviving and fighting through the most devastating time of my life. But I didn’t do it alone… without the women in my life – my friends and family members, who knows where I would be. They picked me up when I just couldn’t manage even the simplest tasks. I was taking care of two babies and trying desperately to find where I fit into my own life, all whilst coming to terms with my own mortality. I wouldn’t wish that kind of torture and turmoil on anyone.”
Despite continued complications and ongoing treatment, Farrah dedicates herself to advocacy work as a Breast Cancer survivor and Ambassador for Wellness 4 Women.
“I’m passionate about ensuring every woman I meet knows just how important it is to #checkyourboobicles and put yourself and your health as a priority”, says Farrah. “If I can help to ensure young women are educated about the risks of breast cancer and just how simple and effective self-assessment can be for early detection, we can help to make sure women avoid the traumas that breast cancer treatment can bring.”
“It doesn’t just affect your body, it affects your entire life – especially your relationships with everyone around you – particularly with yourself.”
Farrah devotes her spare time to volunteering at her local Child Education and Parent Health Centre, in addition to writing for Kidspot.com.au and her own Facebook blog, FarrahsArmy.