Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Celebrating the Gift of Life This Mother's Day

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Celebrating the Gift of Life This Mother's Day

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Byline: Sophie Lester

WHEN Warwick woman Julie Page fell into ill health, it was her strength through the ordeal that inspired her daughter Leeanne Eastwell to take a new leap with her career.

Originally from Sydney, Leeanne moved up to Queensland in 2000.

Julie and her late husband Geoffrey soon followed, as well as Leeanne's older sister Lisa.

"Lisa comes over to Warwick from Texas as regularly as she can," Leeanne said.

"We've always been close even before mum got sick.

"I think mum always raised us in a way that she was a mother figure but we were also best friends.

"I come in to town from Wheatvale to visit her fairly often and we talk to each other on the phone every day and if we don't it's rare.

"It just makes life easier to always have someone to talk to and it's something I've tried to pass on to my four boys as well."

"Having Leeanne so close has been good," Julie said.

"Especially when my husband died because it was not long after we had moved to Warwick so not many people in town would remember him.

"I don't think the three of us could be much closer."

About three years ago, Julie, now 65, was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rapid-onset muscle weakness caused by the immune system damaging the peripheral nervous system.

In some cases it can cause paralysing symptoms through the body.

"Mum woke up one morning and couldn't feel her legs," Leeanne said.

"She had to teach herself to write again and it's affected her memory."

"I know what I want to say, it's sometimes just a problem with getting it out," Julie said.

"In June last year, I started bleeding and I went to the doctors and by July I was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

"When it first started I didn't know what was happening and just had to go through all the tests."

Leeanne has remained by her mum's side through her health problems, but said her mother was the strong one. …

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