Life is full of surprises! This is not where I imagined I would be right now, it’s better! But it didn’t out start that way! My name is Carol and in 2018 at the age of 36 I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. It was a huge shock to the system and after my treatments finished, my family and I decided that life was too short and we wanted to do a lap of Australia! So we bought a Jayco Journey Outback and the rest is history!
Life after cancer isn’t easy but we want to make the most of it. Follow our story as we make memories to last a lifetime and build an online business to create more time for the things that really matter.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller
We decided to build this site as a source of inspiration and information for anyone interested in what we are doing. We want to share our experiences, top tips and destinations we love.
I’m British so of course I’ve been to Ramsay St! Twice in fact! Although I haven’t really watched Neighbours for about 10 years (shame on me) I tuned into the finale, what a trip down memory lane! 🥂To the end of a era! 😢
We’ve chased summer for over 2 years so this weekends boys’s trip will be a little colder than they are used to! I’ve packed so many blankets and with the aircon they’ll be fine! It was meant to rain all weekend but it ain’t looking too shabby if I’m honest!! Have fun @droninground 🥰
Do we miss travelling? YES!….. I mean look where we were last year!
We loved the free camping at Willie Creek. This was one of our favourite spots. We did not get bored of that ocean colour, we fished and actually caught, and we watched the tide come in (precariously close to the van!) Who else has been here and loved it as much as us?
After living in our caravan for 2 and a half years we have moved into a house! We have rooms, we have carpet, we have plants, we have furniture, we have a bath, we have storage, we have a fireplace and so much more… but don’t worry we still have our van!
Our travels will never be over but there is something to be said about travelling (almost) the whole country and picking the place we most want to live!
“Find a place where you always feel like your on holiday and you’ll never feel like your at work!” 😝😊
A morning well spent with @natureconservation.mr 🙌 and @weirhere
Due to the increased popularity and influx of visitors to the beautiful injidup spa, a lot of vegetation has been damaged or destroyed. We spent the morning in a long chain, passing pruned branches down a hill to cover and protect existing plants and deter visitors from trampling through the bushes. It was a such a great team effort and enjoyable for all the family!
Chemo tips….💉💉 If you have any of your own please add to my list in the comments!!
I often get asked about chemo because starting chemo is scary! Everyone has a different experience and reaction to the drugs they are given. I was lucky because the anticipation of chemo was worse than actual reality. The fear of the unknown was the worst part and chemo almost became a comforting routine. Chemo side effects are real but it doesn’t mean you’ll spend days spewing into a toilet.
1. At my first chemo my nurse recommended that after I eat I wash my mouth out with water and bicarb soda to prevent bacteria and infection.
2. Get a port for easy vein access, especially if you have tricky veins.
3. Take activities, movies or friends. Chemo can be long and boring.
4. Brave the shave before it all falls out.
5. Take your meds even if you don’t feel you need them.
6. Steroids, which are administered with chemo will cause you to be up all night and gain weight.. but once they wear of you will be very tired.
7. Eat what you can, when you can. You need the calories.
8. Chemo wards are not always private and they can be confronting.
9. There is so much you can’t control with your treatment so make sure you take control of what you can like your attitude, diet or exercise.
10. Be aware of your immune compromised status and make sure you friends and family keep their distance if they think they are ill.
11. Finding someone to talk who knows exactly what you are going through is such a comfort. Join a support group, reach out to someone on social media, see a councillor. It will make the world of difference. You are not alone.
12. PUT YOURSELF FIRST AND ASK FOR HELP!
P.s. Chemo brain is a thing. (Much like baby brain)
The first picture is one of my favourite photos from last year. It epitomises our reasons for traveling.
It was taken at Cape Keraudren a year ago. It was the best spot for the kids to explore when the tide was out. There were rivers and pools amongst the mangroves, turtles, octopus, friends and so much adventure!! 😍