Happy to hug mum on Mother’s Day

TIME TO SMILE: Tahlia, 14, and Jade, 12, are happy to be able to cuddle their mum, Janine Fabris, after her fight with cancer. Picture: Anthony Stipo
TIME TO SMILE: Tahlia, 14, and Jade, 12, are happy to be able to cuddle their mum, Janine Fabris, after her fight with cancer. Picture: Anthony Stipo

In August 2012, personal trainer Janine Fabris complained about a slight twinge in her midrift during a routine medical appointment. That twinge was a tumour the size of a football on her liver and the Royal Flying Doctors had to rush her to Sydney for surgery. But they said it was too late. 

“I was told I had three months to live,” she said

The Griffith mum did not accept that, told her two daughters it would all be fine and buckled down for the fight of her life.

This Mother’s Day, she embraced daughters Tahlia, now 14, and Jade, 12. She is in remission and back in training to revive the fitness small business she put on hold five years ago. 

“My lifestyle saved my life,” Janine said, attributing her recovery to being super healthy before and after her diagnosis.

“They told me they’ve never seen someone recover from what I had.” 

“It’s such a relief to have our mum back, the way she was,” Tahlia, her daughter, said . She wants to work in medical science when she grows up, inspired in part by her mother’s miracle.