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Today I am here with my friend and my kids and we are on our way to the Halloween Zombie Walk. I am dressed up as Liv Moore from iZombie. I am also a solo parent to three. I am recovering from chronic fatigue and some thyroid issues and have just rediscovered my passion for community and the arts.

My three favourite things are simple they are my babies, photography and sleeping.

What does it mean to me to be a woman? That is a really hard question. I don’t know what it means to be a woman, because I just am who I am.

I have been in Canberra since I was 10 and I am now 37. I came here with my mum. We were escaping a horrible family situation and we came here to make a better life for ourselves and it has worked.

I grew up in a house full of domestic violence and when we came here it wasn’t a country town anymore. In Canberra my mother had work opportunities, friends, there was support available and people were a bit gentler with us.

For me being a single mum in Canberra means it is hard sometimes because there is quite a bit of discrimination. That is probably the hardest thing for me personally—the discrimination: “Oh you’re a single mum—look at you, you’re such an idiot.”

At times I have found it difficult to maintain my health and wellbeing because there are not many bulk billing doctors in the ACT. Chronic fatigue is not recognised as an illness and I am finding it very difficult to get treatment that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars.

The part about my health and wellbeing I find easy to maintain is definitely being outside and walking around the parks and nature. It is a great city to live in.

My perfect day in Canberra would be visiting the art gallery, taking some photos and dancing in the street with my children running around being happy.

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Image created by Nicole Zimmermann