It all started with a Facebook share but the intention ran deeper than that… I just didn’t know it yet.
My name is Annalisa. I turned 44 in May. I’m recently separated. Have two amazing children, Oliver (12) and Lily (10). I work at the National Breast Cancer Foundation, where I previously volunteered. Prior to that I successfully built and directed small business The Transcription People for 13 years.
I’m still physically - and perhaps emotionally - recovering from a double mastectomy (early 2013). Given the past few years of personal challenges, this mountain trek should be a piece of cake.
In all seriousness though, this trek for me isn’t about the NBCF business … it’s about the cause!
Ever since reading Paddington Bear’s story as a child, deepest darkest Peru has fascinated me. As an adult who has been inside a Giza pyramid, walked through trenches in Gallipoli and climbed a volcano in Santorini, I was drawn to the Inca icon Machu Picchu.
I am Johanna (Joh), a 40-year-old journalist, author and PhD candidate who runs writing and PR consultancy Strawberry Communications. I am wife to the incredibly supportive Harvey and mum to Noah (9) and Ethan (6). Last year I injured my foot so badly my fitness and self-confidence were shattered. I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to make this trip.
When my inspirational friend Annalisa shared this trek on Facebook I jumped at the chance to share her story of strength with a wider audience, raise money for a cause I have always believed in and cross something huge off my bucket list.