“When your back is against the wall you have to come out fighting.”
“I chose this challenge as I found myself the divorced mother of young triplets and had to do something to fight my way out of my own dire circumstances, both mentally and financially.
“My most favourite place on earth is the Arctic Ocean, where the surface underneath your feet moves constantly and changes every moment of the day. A few years ago myself and 2 other woman made an attempt to reach the North Pole from land, crossing the Arctic Ocean from Nunavut, in the North West territories of Canada and hoping to make a world record by being the first all women’s team to walk to the North and South Poles. We had already completed the journey to the South Pole.
“The journey North was fraught with difficulties from the start. For the first 27 days we endured temperatures on the thermometer of between -46°C and -50°C (-51F- -58F). We suffered from Carbon monoxide poisoning and after 3 terrible storms we each had frostbite of the fingers and toes. The ice cracked up beneath our tent on more than one occasion and after 37 days of an 80-day window of opportunity we had completed just 69 miles of the 500-mile journey. Despite losing a team member on our resupply plane we refused to give in and against all expectations, even our own, we made it to the North Pole safely.
“Your future is your own responsibility and staying a victim is not the answer when there are other options. You can be a good mother and still have a full and varied life. Don’t let fear of failure stop you having a go at anything. Even if you don’t get the result you want, you will have experienced something unique to you and will have learnt something.
“I am currently working on a program to help recovering mental health individuals to take part in an expedition which will offer hope to other sufferers and shine a light on what can be achieved rather than focusing on what can’t.”
Always Remember: “You are good enough. Don’t let anybody else take away your self worth. You are good enough.”
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