Cheryl Fong's battles in life didn't begin with the onset of Motor Neurone Disease. In a starkly honest autobiography, she relates her story of hardship growing up in a country town with an exacting mother and a demanding father. Her nursing career in Darwin came to an abrupt end as she became the unmarried mother of a son in difficult circumstances. Surviving Cyclone Tracy and a failed first marriage, her good humour, compassion and intelligence gave her strength to face further challenges, culminating in love at forty. The onset of Motor Neurone Disease prompted her to write her history for her sons, with a view to being an aid to other MND sufferers. Yet all readers will be elevated by this touching story of a brave, strong, kind woman whose legacy was to be "Beloved on this Earth".
Cheryl Fong was born in Wonthaggi in 1946. She moved to Darwin in 1964 to study nursing where she eventually married David Fong in 1972. She survived cyclone Tracy in 1974, and after her marriage breakdown, she moved to Canberra in 1980 where she joined the Australian Public Service. Cheryl met her husband Clive in 1986 and raised a blended family of five children. She was appointed to a diplomatic post in Guangzhou, China in 1999. Cheryl moved to Narooma in 2002 and was diagnosed with motor Neurone Disease in 2011 and passed away September 2013.