Her story in her words
What are the experiences that shaped who you are today?
Living in Australia when I was younger, working in hospitals, death of parents by 32, divorce and remarriage and then having kids in my forties. Fought and survived breast cancer and as a challenge took up dragon boating. Career change. Yoga.
Have there been any personal challenges that you overcame and grew from, that you would like to share?
Low income and surviving breast cancer.
Research shows that a lot of women want to know that the work they do is significant, meaningful and embodies their highest potential. What do you think?
I agree and this is an ongoing struggle.
What words of wisdom, based on your personal experience, would you like to share with others who struggle to see their own inner light and inner power?
You are enough.
Who are the women that you find inspiring and have influenced you in some way? And why?
My friends. My mother (second woman in ministry in NZ) writers like Margaret Atwood. Political figures like Helen Clark, Jacinda Ardern and Michelle Obama.
Why are beautiful photos of yourself important to you now?
I underwent breast reconstruction (After 7 years). I want to celebrate that. I think it’s important to reclaim your vanity after the ravages of treatment and menopause.
Editor’s note :
Jenny had a mishap with her GPS. Instead of bringing her straight to Upper Hutt, it took her on the scenic and arduous route and she arrived quite late. But wonderfully calm and composed. When I remarked about her poise, she said, “after you have come so close to death, nothing can faze you any more.”
To celebrate this new lease of life, she took up dragon boating and her team have participated in some serious competitions and won. Her unflappable attitude and never-say-die manner were apparent throughout the session.
Jenny’s photo shoot was partly to celebrate 10 years of having beaten cancer. Jenny is truly an inspiration.