Three Brave Ladies

Three very brave women have passed away this week in Melbourne and I couldn’t let their passing go without mentioning it.

Firstly, two days ago 91 year old Rachel WIlliams died. A coward bashed her whilst she lay in bed after he broke into her house through her bedroom window back on 13 August.

Yesterday 26 year old Claire Oliver died of melanoma after several visits to a solarium a few short years ago. Over the past few weeks she has spoken out bravely about the risks of these establishments and as a result the Victorian government will introduce new legislation to enforce a code of conduct. She appeared in newspapers and TV in the week of her birthday [25th August, also that of my son] not knowing if she would make it to 26 or not.

Finally, Dr Ellice Hammond, aged 37 died three weeks after the birth of her daughter who survived because she refused life saving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which she was diagnosed with when she was 20 weeks pregnant.

All have shown remarkable bravery in very different circumstances and that inspiration alone should be enough to ensure that none of them have died in vain



  1. Anonymous said,

    September 14, 2007 at 10:55 am

    As a fellow Victorian Laurie, I too was moved by these truly inspiring women and their stories that touched surely all those that heard of them.Each case so sad yet truly inspirational.More lessons.Jen

  2. Finn said,

    September 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Dr. Hammond’s story reminds me of the story of my neighbor, who postponed her treatment for ovarian cancer so that the life growing inside of her could be born. She lost her battle, too. Strangely enough, she was a nurse.Can’t say I’d be as brave…

  3. Gypsy said,

    September 16, 2007 at 4:42 am

    What wonderful courageous women. As for the low life who bashed Rachel Williams, there are no words to describe such a heinous act.

  4. Jennifer said,

    September 27, 2007 at 1:21 am

    Wow.. thanks for sharing these amazing stores of wonderful and inspiring women!Such wonderful women…Warmest wishes,Jen

  5. Loz said,

    September 27, 2007 at 4:30 am

    Ladies – I think we can take inspiration from many different places

  6. Susie said,

    October 18, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing these stories, they really tuched my heart.

  7. Loz said,

    October 18, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    And thank you for stopping by and commenting Susie.

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