Inspiring through resilience

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Deb Hallyburton, Carolyn Moore and CanSurvive organiser Sue Evans will discuss resilience at the support group’s event Soups and Stories.
Camera IconDeb Hallyburton, Carolyn Moore and CanSurvive organiser Sue Evans will discuss resilience at the support group’s event Soups and Stories. Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

Three inspiring Busselton residents will take to the stage to discuss their experiences with chronic illness for CanSurvive’s Soups and Stories event.

The topic of discussion is resilience and Carolyn Moore, Ben Aldridge and Deb Hallyburton have shown everyday heroes can survive even the toughest of personal challenges.

Ms Moore was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the uterus and while living alone, in a different country from her family, began researching alternative treatments.

“When I was told my lack of options I always kept asking questions and researching to get through the treatment,” she said.

“Luckily I didn’t lose my voice when I got cancer, if anything I found my voice,” she said.

Ben Aldridge became a paraplegic after falling from a cliff and has used his company 30 Foot Drop to spread awareness for those living with a disability.

Ms Hallyburton is the owner of the Good Egg Cafe which she started after her husband died of brain cancer. She said after several months of grieving, she had no other choice but to look after her five-year-old son and her resilience manifested in a business.

“I was anxious all the time and I always thought to myself, how am I going to deal with life afterwards? But I think you never realise how strong you are until you have to deal with it,” she said.

The event will be held at the Busselton Men’s shed on Friday August 28 from 6pm. Tickets are available via Eventbrite for $10.

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