For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Kathy McAneney and I am 52 years old. I have a passion for health and wellness. I love functional fitness training and have a passion for cooking and eating healthy food. I am a mother, a wife, a nanny, a daughter and a sister. Family is everything to me.
I was born and raised on the northern beaches of Sydney. I am the second youngest of five. I have three older siblings, two brothers and a sister. There is a seven year age gap between me and the next eldest, then an 18 month gap between myself and my baby sister, Margaret (or Margy as we call her). Margy and I have always been very close as we grew up together. By the time we were approaching high school, our three older siblings were off doing their own things. I was a typical teenager; I knew everything and couldn’t be told otherwise! My mother will tell you that I was her worst teenager but I think my second oldest brother takes that award. The jury is still out!
I was working in Grace Bros (now known as Myer) when I met and married my first husband in 1991. We moved to Warren in Central NSW two weeks after we were married and stayed for five years. What a culture shock for a northern beaches girl! In 1994, whilst living in Warren our beautiful IVF twin girls, Sarah and Vanessa, were born. My kids are my world.
We left Warren and moved to Dunedoo for six years, and then onto Dubbo in 2002 where I have lived ever since. Sadly, in 2004 my marriage ended, but we have remained great friends. I chose to stay in Dubbo so I could still be the hands on mum that I love to be. I had always worked in retail or office administration and I knew I wanted to do something more, I just didn’t know what that something was.
My sister Margy and my cousin Annette have both had to fight their individual battles with breast cancer. Watching people you love go through such a struggle is extremely difficult. Annette was in her late-twenties when first diagnosed and Margy in her mid-thirties; both far too young. As a big sister I always felt it was my job to protect Margy, however I soon realised that I was helpless in this situation other than to provide support and a shoulder when she needed it.
My Dad was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma at 61 years old and sadly we lost him in 2009. Losing him absolutely devastated me. Shortly before losing my Dad, I met my now husband, Brian. I am so pleased that my Dad and Brian had the opportunity to meet before Dad died. Brian has always been a constant support and rock for me. We married in 2015 and I now have five beautiful daughters.
I love this photo of my dad. That smile just melts my heart.
To be continued…