Sydney journalist Sally Obermeder has opened up about her resolve to fight the aggressive breast cancer that has thrown her life into chaos since her daughter Annabelle Grace was born on October 15. The Today Tonight entertainment reporter, 38, was swiftly diagnosed with stage-3 cancer after doctors discovered two large tumours in Obermeder’s breasts — just the day before she gave birth.
Having just completed four months of grueling chemotherapy, Obermeder is now steeling herself to face yet another four months of treatment. “I’m so blessed that I had Annabelle—she gives me so much joy and happiness, but she also gives me a reason to fight with everything I’ve got, every day,” an emotional Obermeder tells WHO. “I can’t let it beat me, I have to fight really hard, because the most important thing is that I’m actually here for her in her life.”
To help ease her arduous day-to-day battle, renowned photographer Anne Geddes has captured a poignant image of Obermeder and Annabelle, four months, in one of her signature portraits.“I really just wanted to give her a day where she felt beautiful, happy and special—just to forget, even for a few hours, about what she’s going through,” says Geddes, 55.
Obermeder — who credits her stockbroker husband Marcus for his “amazing” support — says she was rendered speechless by Geddes’s support and generosity. “I can’t explain how touched I am by Anne’s gift,” says the struggling mother. “It’s just so incredibly special.”
Read more about Sally's brave fight in this week's issue of WHO magazine, on sale now!Visit Sally's Obemeder's profile.