Three times a survivor
AT just 51 years of age Janice Dodd has fought and won three major health battles.
She has undergone a heart transplant, a kidney transplant and recently beaten cancer.
Despite these setbacks, the courageous Ms Dodd is keen to live every one of her dreams.
Her latest adventure began at midnight last night, thanks to her partner Tony Hardy who is taking her to the Auto Bathurst 1000.
Mr Hardy said he makes one of her dreams come true every year.
“Every time I do it's the best feeling,” he said.
“The joy in her face with every little achievement we manage is just awesome.”
Ms Dodd got her Bathurst tickets in December and has been counting down the days ever since.
“I have been wanting to go for so many years,” she said.
“It would not have been possible without the donor families though, it is so important that if you want to help that you tell your next of kin.”
Since making her decision to live life to the fullest, Ms Dodd has trekked over glaciers, stood on an active volcano and even jumped off Post Office Tower in Auckland.
Mr Hardy is amazed at the things his partner does.
“Inspired is not a strong enough word for how she makes me feel,” he said.
“She is the gutsiest lady I have ever known.”
The couple have been together for 11 years and share a passion for motorsport.
“He took me to the speedway for our first date,” smiled Ms Dodd.
“Being there (Bathurst) and feeling the vibrations, hearing the sounds and smelling the cars will be great.”
The yearly trips need to be prepared well in advance.
“Because of the nature of her condition, we need to prepare at least a year in advance,” Mr Hardy said.
“I took her to a Lions game last year, she loves AFL.
“Next year we are going to catch a barra in the Northern Territory.”
The couple have a board filled with their aspirations for the future.
“Her ultimate dream is to drive a Mercedes Sport down the autobahn in Germany,” Mr Hardy said.
The bubbly Ms Dodd jokes about having such a determined approach to life.
“I'm not a survivor so much as a weed,” she laughed.
“You can't kill weeds.
“I have no intention of leaving this world til I'm damn good and ready.”
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