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