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Extraordinary

At the afterparty

Unbeknownst to me OD nominated me for a competition run by Auckland Theatre Company where people nominated women who they considered extraordinary.

click here to see ODs nomination

To my surprise a week and a half ago she popped round to tell me I had won.  The prize consisted of a pampering session last Friday afternoon where I had a facial, manicure and my hair blow-waved at D’Aguiar.  Followed by checking in to a beautiful boutique hotel in central Auckland called Hotel DeBrett.  Dinner in the hotel restaurant, including meeting the owners of the hotel and then picked up and chaffeured to the theatre by the owner of a luxury tour and transfers company ‘A Perfect Welcome’. At the theatre I was given tickets to  the the opening night of Auckland Theatre Company’s production of “Calendar Girls” and an invitation to the afterparty where some of the stars of the show were happy to be photographed with me.   I was also given signed programmes where all the actors had written personalised messages.  Everybody I met during this experience was extremely welcoming and genuinely friendly and I had an absolutely amazing time.  We then spent the night at Hotel DeBrett with a complementary breakfast on Saturday morning.  A truly unforgettable 24 hours.

When I found out I had won I felt quite strange about accepting this prize, because I don’t perceive myself as that extraordinary.  Women I know in the international Inflammatory Breast Cancer ‘sisterhood’ are doing so much more than me.  There are women who are  battling metastasis like me who are still trying to be really hands-on mothers to their small children and acheive other things that they feel are important not only for themselves but for others.  Some are still trying to work full time as well as parenting.  I, in contrast, have only a 23 yr old daughter still living at home and am doing only two papers at university.  My husband is doing most of the household chores as I , by nature, am actually more inclined to be a slob,  and he is giving me the freedom to spend the energy that I do have on things that I really want to do.  To me that seems to be almost more selfish of me than extraordinary.

Likewise the women that are my best friends at university are women who see a need and automatically work to fill that need, they don’t do it for accolades or to win competitions but just because it needs to be done, and thats why I do what I do too.  I know a lot of women like that in the other circles of my life too.

To all the extraordinary people in my life – this prize is for you too.  I just wish I could have taken you all with me.

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  1. Ah Honey,
    You did take all of us with you, and who better to represent the whole gang! I am amazed at what you’re up to and OD knew what she was doing. I was doing the single mom thing when I went through treatment, and I couldn’t have done it without folks like you being inspiration.
    Rock on, extraordinary woman!

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