Three years after her own "journey" with cancer, Lesley Chintock went on a journey to support others going through the same battle.
"It's a big journey. I've never really liked that word 'journey', but it is that," she said.
The 66-year-old from Sheffield had made her way to Launceston on Sunday to take part in Cancer Council Tasmania's 5k Walk-Run with close friend 71-year-old Desi Binns.
While the journey from Sheffield to Launceston, then five kilometres along Cameron Street and up Charles Street to Prince's Square and back, pales in comparison to the battle Mrs Chintock overcame, it had just as much meaning for the pair.
Ten months might have passed since the start of Mrs Chintock's personal story - breast cancer, nine months of chemotherapy and radio therapy, and everything that came with it - but the reality of it is one that many Tasmanians have felt.
A tough five kilometre run could have been the perfect culmination of Mrs Chintock's "journey", but she said that milestone had passed and the day was about using her will power to empower others who now find themselves where she once was.
"I'm doing this run for me and my family, and anyone else that has been affected by cancer," Mrs Chintock said.
"This run is just to support everyone else and support the Cancer Council."
The run was literally steps down the road for Mrs Chintock, but it proved to be just another metaphorical step down the road of her experience with cancer.
For that experience, Mrs Binns had been at her side the whole time - and that was something Mrs Chintock remained grateful for.
"I would've changed places with her in a heartbeat," Mrs Binns said.
"If I could do something that would put a smile on her face it definitely helped me because I felt by doing that I was doing all I could to help get her through."
Sunday's run proved to be yet another example of Mrs Chintock and Mrs Binns taking their cancer experience in their stride.
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