I first spoke to Jane in September 2016, six months after her breast cancer diagnosis. She had contacted Inspired Adventures following the launch of Breast Cancer Network Australia’s Tuscany trek and I could instantly tell that Jane was an incredibly special woman, whose kindness and warmth was unmistakable.
I couldn’t wait for Jane to begin her Inspired Adventures journey (although I know she hates the word ‘journey’!) and over the next 8 months I got to know Jane more and more in the lead up to her adventure, which saw her trek across the Tuscan countryside for 8 days alongside 19 other woman who had all dedicated 2016 to raising money to support all Australians with breast cancer. In total, the team raised over $100,000, with Jane raising close to $7,000.
Following BCNA’s trek, Jane felt inspired to fulfil her dream of becoming an author, and has now written a book about twenty women trekking in the Tuscan countryside. Jane’s book ‘The Leap Year’ was published just before Christmas.
The Leap Year is a beautiful, inspiring and humorous read about Jane’s rollercoaster of a year. Jane offers a rare insight into breast cancer diagnosis and the full range of emotions that go with it. Although each person’s experience is unique, Jane has done an outstanding job of providing insight into the experience that so many Australians face following the words ‘You have breast cancer’
Jane refused to let her diagnosis stop her and she instead used it as a catalyst to take on new experiences. As Jane explains “This story is about how my life changed in an instant, how I finally found what I was supposed to do. Breast Cancer had given me a chance to start again and I had to decide what I wanted from my life.”
Inspired Adventures is so proud of Jane for following her dreams and being such an inspiration for everyone in the office. If you’re looking for your next read, please don’t go past The Leap Year. The Leap Year can be ordered online by visiting Jane’s website. It is also available Kindle.
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