Leukaemia survivor Celeste O'Brien has capped off a stellar week after completing the Tough Mudder obstacle course and celebrating her first wedding anniversary.SOPHIE MALCOLM January 22, 2013 4:50am
Leukaemia survivor Celeste O’Brien celebrated her first wedding anniversary and then completed Tough Mudder.
The past week has been a good one for Celeste O’Brien.
Celeste, 29, completed the Tough Mudder obstacle course at the weekend and on January 14 celebrated her first wedding anniversary.
She said completing Tough Mudder would have seemed almost impossible three months ago.
The date of her wedding anniversary also marked three years since she received a life-saving stem cell transplant.
In January 2009, Celeste noticed she had cold and flu-like symptoms, was exhausted and had a rash on her hands.
A visit to the doctor and a series of tests revealed she had acute myeloid leukaemia, a form of cancer that starts inside the bone marrow.
She said doctors labelled her condition as ‘‘catastrophic’’.
After four months of treatment at Melbourne’s The Alfred hospital, she returned home to Shepparton and to work. She relapsed in October that year, triggering a bout of depression and another round of treatment.
Her twin brother Christopher had been nominated as a match for a stem cell transplant (commonly known as a bone marrow transplant), which was scheduled for January 2010.
‘‘I’m a very positive person anyway, so when I relapsed, something turned, something changed,’’ Celeste said. ‘‘My brother Chris is my best mate .
The transplant worked and after a year of hospitalisation and continuing treatments, she began to work towards her goals.
Completing Tough Mudder was just one of those.
‘‘I’m the only person known to have had a stem cell transplant .
‘‘I was as sick as it gets.’’
She says the support of those close to her and her trainer Troy Tremellen was vital in preparing her for the challenge.
‘‘I’m probably in a better physical shape now than when I got sick,’’ she said.
Another goal was to help others.
She volunteers at the Leukaemia Foundation and The Alfred hospital.
Celeste also has her own Facebook support group, Survivorship — The New Normal, for cancer survivors and their families and friends.
‘‘I’m an extremely positive person and I like to encourage people .
‘‘I think this is why I got sick, this was what I was meant to do with my life .
‘‘With just support and encouragement you can do whatever you want.’’
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The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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