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Adventurer of The Month: Leanne Fitzgerald

Leanne Fitzgerald

Cause: National Breast Cancer Foundation
Adventure: NBCF’s Outback Trek for Research Larapinta 2019

As our Adventurer of the Month, Leanne has scored herself a $100 Paddy Pallin voucher! To be our next month’s winner, make sure you’re uploading your journey to social and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired.

What motivated you to take on your Inspired Adventure?

I am doing this trek with my cousin in honour of my Aunty Shirl who lost her battle with breast cancer last year

How are you feeling about the challenge ahead? Have you ever been to Larapinta before?

I’ve never been to the Northern Territory before, but it’s always been on my bucket list.

I’m so excited to take on this challenge!

What have been some of the highlights of your Inspired journey so far?

There have been a few, but I would have to say my High Tea has been the biggest highlight so far. It was so much fun and we played lots of games.

I was able to raise around $2500!

Do you have any tips for other people currently training for their Inspired Adventure?

Just get active, try new things and set yourself little goals along the way. Finding a local park running route is a fantastic way to get started.

I have set myself a goal of running/ walking 750km before the trek begins.

"I’ve never been to the Northern Territory before, but it’s always been on my bucket list. I’m so excited to take on this challenge!"

Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your first adventure?

It has definitely gotten me back into running. I’m getting my fitness back and really looking forward to doing some longer bush walks and treks.

I have also registered to do UTA22 in March next year as part of my training.

What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?

Find something you are passionate about, having a personal connection to your cause gives you the inspiration and determination.

Share your story and reach out to friends and family for support.   

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Become our Adventurer of the Month to win a $100 Paddy Pallin voucher

Take a picture whilst on your adventure or when you’re training and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired and your adventure hashtag. The most exciting use of the hashtag, with an adventure, and fitness focus will be our Adventurer of the Month – it’s that easy!


breast cancer awareness month check

The importance of checking your breasts this month

There’s no better time to start talking about your breasts, than the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while you may be aware of breast cancer, this month is really about taking active steps to detect cancer in its earliest stages. Breast cancer affects women (and men!) of all ages, including those under the age of 30. Being breast aware is important for all men and women, and regular self-examination should be part of your health routine to spot any changes in your breasts.

The importance of early detection

The earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances for treatment and survival. Self-examination is an easy way to understand your body and know when something might not be quite right. However, self-examination is not a replacement for a doctor’s visit or mammogram and should not be relied upon as a diagnosis. It is a way for you to be aware of changes in your body.

Breast Cancer Awareness

The breast self-exam

Self-examination involves taking the time to understand what is normal for your body. Not every cancer can be found this way, but it is nonetheless important. Breasts come in all shapes and sizes, so what’s “normal” for one person, may not be for someone else. Only you know what is “normal” for you. The best way to learn is to take some time to get to know your body!

According to McGrath’s app Curve Lurve, the most important steps in a breast self-exam are:

Look – examine the shape and appearance of your breasts and nipples in the mirror with your hands by your sides. Raise your arms above your head and have another look.

Lurve – Love your pair! Feel all of your breasts and nipples looking for anything that isn’t normal for you. Feel from your collarbone to below the bra-line and under your armpit too.

Learn – Learn what is normal for you. Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes, so get to know your normal. See your doctor if you notice any changes.

The app sets a reminder in your calendar to check your breasts each month.

Quick facts:

  • Breasts are mostly made up of fatty tissue, this tissue is supported by ligaments and the large chest muscle that extends over the ribs
  • Hormones regulate a woman’s cycle and are the reason you may notice changes in your breasts before your period
  • Before your period, your breasts might feel fuller and heavier. They may also be tender or lumpy, this lumpiness may gradually fade although some women have tender lumpy breasts all the time.
  • Everyone’s different! Normal comes in all shapes and sizes.

Inspired Adventures helps to raise money for several breast cancer charities including National Breast Cancer Foundation, New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia and McGrath Foundation to continue to provide care and support, vital medical research as well as raise awareness about early detection.

Feeling inspired?

Check out our calendar for 2017!