The Ghosts of Cancer

“Excuse me, miss, can you step this way?” The airport security officer pulls me out of the line, and leads me to a cylindrical glass pod. “You’ve been randomly selected to undergo a body scan, please stand on the line, and when directed step into the machine.” I meet her Read More …

3 Women of Wisdom You Need to Know

This month I celebrate my 2-year cancer-free anniversary! To honour this, I am dedicating this month to Women of Wisdom everywhere. You know who they are, right?  Those ladies who bring all their humanity to the table in an effort to guide and support others on their path.  Even if Read More …

The Smileys

Two years ago today, I was lying in a hospital bed, endoned up with an ice pack across my neck. When I had this initial surgery, we didn’t know it was cancer.  There were just a couple of smallish nodules on the right side of my (enlarged) thyroid.  So the Read More …

Podcast Ep 3 • Intuition

INTUITION noun. Direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process. The year Monique Luttin turned 30, she was living an Australian rite of passage: a single girl working in London, surrounded by great friends… and diagnosed with ovarian cancer. What happened next is astounding. Today I’m bringing Read More …

The Cancer Council Online Community

When I was told my first surgery revealed I had cancer, and that I would need a second surgery then radiation, I thought I knew what I was in for. There would be the physical scars, some stiffness and vocal weakness for a while, but, in the specialist’s words “you’re Read More …

Podcast Ep 2 • The Story of The Red Shoes

Firstly, I’d like to thank you so much for all your kind words and encouragement, after my first episode went live. As some of you know, I work as a TV presenter here in Australia, but podcasting is a very different medium, in a way more raw and vulnerable.  But Read More …

Podcast Ep 1 • It’s Cancer (AKA, When The Sh*t Hits The Fan)

Hello! Welcome to my very first episode of The Red Shoes Podcast. Over the coming months, I’ve got some great stories and conversations to share with you, about many different apsects of life.  But to begin with, I’d like to share a little of my story with you.  About what’s Read More …

The Red Shoes Podcast

Welcome to my brand new podcast! When I first started The Red Shoes, I wanted to express some of what I was thinking, feeling and learning.  I very quickly realised that blogging was only part of it – there are so many wonderful people who have come into my life Read More …

The Moment of Diagnosis (or, When The Shit Hits The Fan)

“Endocrinologist. Endocrinologist.  Endocrinologist!” I’ve never seen an endocrinologist, I don’t even know what they do, but every night as I close my eyes, there is that word rumbling through my mind, like a runaway train. I make an appointment at my GP’s office, perch myself tentatively on the edge of Read More …

The Red Shoes Story

I was 18 when I fell in love with my first pair of red shoes.  Mum and I had travelled to Paris together, and were enchanted by the European style and flair.  There they were: bright red Mary Janes, the softest leather, a sweet little ankle strap.  They made me Read More …

From Sole To Soul

When I was  diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January this year, my life changed. This might seem an obvious statement, but it did not change in the ways you might expect.  Or at least, not only in the ways you might expect. There were tears, fear and grief.  A reshuffling of priorities.  Scheduling Read More …