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I’m a survivor of some major medical conditions.

I am not completely happy or fulfilled but reasonably happy most of the time, so long as I have social contact. I value my independence and the way I run my life. I value being in control of my own life and I value my employment as it provides me with choices. I think, as a woman in Canberra, I achieve many personal feats on a daily basis.

In 1990, I came to Canberra for work. I did not drive in those days and was attracted to the ACTION public transport services. I learned to drive at the age of 47. I have not always had work and my fortunes have not always been as good as they are now. I have no family here but I have lots of friends in Canberra. I love the Canberra environs, visually they are really pleasing.

The best thing about being a woman in Canberra for me is that work is close to home. I can visit cultural institutions like the National Library, National Gallery or the National Museum to broaden my knowledge of the wider world and Australia.

One of the hardest things about being a woman in Canberra is the cold winters, although, that’s what I like about Canberra! No more than 30 degrees if possible!

Maintaining health and wellbeing in Canberra is relatively easy because the medical services that I have accessed have been really good. In 2013, I had had chemotherapy and went into neutropenia—it was a close call but somehow I pulled through. I was grateful for the health services available here. They’re close to my home and all my operations have been successful. I’m proactive with my health professionals. Fortunately, so far, nothing too serious has happened.

A perfect day for me in Canberra is a sunny day without wind or clouds, 25 degrees Celsius and good company in the great outdoors.

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