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‘I miss my stepdad. He passed away four years ago. He was a driving influence. I miss his wonderful stories. He was old school – a different generation. Tough but fair. He grew up poor. He was a fisherman. He ended up with macular degeneration and loss of hearing so he was pretty much blind and deaf but he always had his sense of humour.

‘I try to keep my sense of humour. Life’s pretty hard if you don’t have it. If you can laugh at yourself and you can laugh at a situation, you can cope a lot better. You need to be able to see the ridiculous.

‘One of my husband’s best mates is having radiation treatment for a really rare cancer. It doesn’t sound like it’s going to be good but you just have to keep that spirit otherwise the world gets on top of you.’

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