DAWN TINDALE, 82, of Ambarvale, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer — but that doesn't stop her embracing life.
The best thing about living in Macarthur? Well, I live with my daughter, Mona, and her husband, Bruce. And my family is close by, so I get to see them a lot. My great-granddaughter, Kristen comes over every Wednesday for dinner and that's very nice.
So what do you get up to? I've joined the seniors group at Narellan, and I go to respite, and I go out with Mona and Bruce when they want to go somewhere. At the respite we play games, and they paint my fingernails, and they check our health. We see a doctor at least once a fortnight, and if there's anything wrong with us, he sees that we get fixed up. I'm also very close to my family here, and I really like that.
If they were to make a movie about your life, who would play you and why? Oh, that would be terrible, but it would be Marilyn Monroe — because I have the body!
The best advice you've ever been given? Don't drink — my mother gave that to me to start with, and that turned out all right.
What is your favourite thing to do? Sleep. And I like shopping. I like to go to Macarthur Square because there are lots of people, and lots of shops. I get to see everything I want to see.
What do you do to maintain an active lifestyle? I don't, I should walk more.
How would you describe Macarthur? It's a nice, clean-living area. It's airy and spacious and there's plenty to do here for older people. Campbelltown offers lots of activities for seniors. With the seniors group we go on trips for lunch and dinner, and we do that at least once a month. I've met a lot of people I hadn't met before, and we just talk, and it's friendly.