Hosted by Stephanie Trethewey. Motherland shares real, raw, and unbelievable stories of motherhood told by women on the land. Each week, a rural mum from somewhere in Australia shares her motherhood journey. You'll hear stories of true grit, resilience, grief, and pure joy. Motherhood is the most life changing and transformative journey a woman can go through, and it's not always easy. No matter where you live or what you do, we're in this together and you're not alone.
138: How Linda Goldspink-Lord survived the loss of her daughter
Linda Goldspink-Lord has endured unimaginable pain. She suffered a health crisis after burning the candle at both ends at home and at work, and then soon after she lost her mum to cancer. But 10 years ago Linda was dealt the cruelest blow of all when her 13 year old daughter Molly died in a quad bike accident on their NSW property. Linda's story is one of grief and trauma, but it's also about how she's managed to crawl through the darkness as she calls it, the inspiration for her incredible book. The work she's done to save herself, save her marriage and her family is quite extraordinary and our chat is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking. This is Linda's story.
A quick warning that this episode talks in depth about the loss of a child and might be triggering for some. It also touches on the theme of suicide, so if you need support, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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137: At 32 weeks pregnant Hayley Price was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer
Station mum Hayley Price was 32 weeks pregnant with her first baby when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She was then faced with an unimaginable decision when she was told she needed to give birth prematurely so she could commence chemotherapy that would hopefully save her life. Hayley and her husband had to suddenly leave their life on the land and move into temporary accommodation in Townsville 600 kilometres from home. They stayed there for for six months, and thankfully had the support of their employer who helped keep them afloat. This is her story.
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136: The day Libby Finlayson's husband said he didn't love her anymore
Libby Finlayson grew up on a station in WA. She fell in love in a farmer and moved to a property where they went on to have three children. But one day, out of the blue, everything changed with five heartbreaking words from her husband. Libby was blindsided by a breakup she didn't see coming, and soon after, she had to leave the farm with her three young children, and start all over again. Libby gives an incredibly honest insight into rural divorce, and shares the no BS advice every rural couple should hear. This is her story.
*A warning this episode does contain some coarse language.
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135: Diana Butler and the trip to Africa that transformed her life
From rural Tasmania to remote Tanzania, Diana Butler has dedicated her life to helping others. She's the founder of the Care For Africa Foundation by day, and the after hours nurse manager at a hospital by night. She's raised three boys on the land, and she's had to overcome unimaginable heartbreak as a mother. In our very candid chat, she shares the pain of losing her first born child and the breakdown of her marriage including what it was like trying to reinvent herself after leaving the farm and becoming a single mum. In 2016, Diana was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her work as the CEO of Care for Africa which helps fight poverty and provides water, health, education and enterprise for one of the world's poorest countries. This is her story.
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134: Kaz Bishton and the deadly farming accident that changed everything
In 2012, Kaz Bishton's farm went from being her family's sanctuary, a place of freedom and adventure, to a place of trauma and grief. Every year, lives are lost in tragic farming accidents; we read about them, but we rarely hear from the people affected. Kaz has bravely decided to share her story. 10 years ago, her 12 year old nephew died on her farm when a ute that was being driven by her teenage daughter rolled. That day changed everything, and Kaz is about to share her journey as a mum of five before that fateful day, and also how her family coped during the hardest time of their lives. This is her story.
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133: Dairy farmer & grandma June Tarlinton survived the Black Summer fires
June Tarlinton was born to droving parents and spent her childhood in the bush, living in tents. She's now a mum of three and grandma who's had quite the adventure. She's a dairy farmer on the the far south coast of NSW and has been married for 40 years. She's weathered plenty of highs and lows, but the hardest came just three years ago during the Black Summer fires where she found herself in the fight of her life. Tragically, June lost her father during the disaster, and since then, has been focusing on her family and rebuilding their life on the land. This is her story.
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