The Leederville resident was first diagnosed with cervical cancer 15 years ago and has since been diagnosed with a second incidence of the cancer as well as ovarian cancer.
‘It is a bit worrying when you are presented with your diagnosis and treatment,’ Ms Sharpe said.
‘You have to work out how far you let your treatment go, but I am a very optimistic person.
‘When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer I was put in for surgery the next day. You don’t often get a chance to worry.’
Ms Sharpe is on the board of the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers and is one of thousands of people expected to walk in next year’s event, raising money for the WA Institute of Medical Research. The 60km walk across two days in March also aims to highlight the need for more funding for research projects in WA.
‘There are a lot of budding young scientists coming up, who can provide fresh eyes on an old idea, but without grants they can not afford to do research,’ Ms Sharpe said.
‘Last year, the WA event raised $4 million and that was the highest in Australia. We are aiming to meet that target again or go beyond it.
‘Most of the ladies on the board have either had cancer or have had brushes with it through their relatives. Very few people have not been touched by cancer.’
– Weekend to End Women’s Cancers in aid of the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research is on March 15-16. To register, visit www.endcancer. org.au or call 1300 999 255 for more details.