My name is Kathy Gardiner and I am The Naked Gardiner.
The Naked Gardiner is an extension of me, a name created in jest with my family due to my love of plant-based clean cooking, but it is a name that reflects the life I now live.
Naked to me means various things, as you will see below, but in essence it means truth, positivity, gratitude and joy.
In 2013, I decided to share this space with you, allowing the world to take a glimpse in to my life from diagnosis of Stage III cancer to progression of terminal disease, and now (today) disease free. I wanted other young adults facing similar experiences to feel less alone. As we travelled this path I embarked on a mind, body, soul journey of self-love and awareness, living a refreshed approach to life while being supremely passionate in advocating for immunotherapy drug-access for advanced melanoma patients.
This passion has seen me speak at the Australian Parliament House (Canberra), the Peter McCallum Centre (Melbourne) and at various forums throughout Australia on behalf of Melanoma Patients Australia. I have had the privilege of sharing my own experiences with advanced cancer technologies with the Australian media and news reporters, Pharmaceutical representatives, a personal conversation with the Prime Minister of Australia (Mr Malcolm Turnbull) and the beautiful supportive public that has held me up on this journey.
I started to choose joy as my number one priority, to follow my heart and always act with the intent of truth, kindness, love, positivity and hope. The journey has thrown some curve-balls and we all know that life isn’t always rosy and bright, but what we can do in those tough moments is CHOOSE HOW YOU RESPOND.
Food, art, vintage and ethical fashion, writing and creativity have been my saviours and my outlets along this healing journey, and each day I love to throw myself in to these creative endeavours.
My husband Anthony and our French Bulldog, Winston are the loves of my life.
I now pursue a path as a writer, a designer, a creator and a (sometimes reluctant) motivational speaker. If you wish to get in touch with me about any future work, please do so by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Naked Gardiner is a space where I will share my journey, my thoughts, my experiences, and my loves with you, and hopefully create an awareness to a healthy lifestyle that inspires others to live a life following their joys. I look forward to continuing to share this adventure with you!
Naked… what it means to me!
“Naked” does not require a censorship… here I give you an insight in to what Naked means to me:
- Naked = insight into my cancer and life transformation journey. You see me exposed like never before… some censorship may be required for Mum and Dad!
- Naked = clean eating
- Naked = minimizing toxins from everyday lifestyles
- Naked = sustainability
- Naked = creating concepts with consideration for the impact on our lives, the lives of our children, our families and the environments we live in
- Naked = thinking outside the box
- Naked = exploring your creative side
- Naked = tearing away the layers of self-doubt that are holding us back
- Naked = reflection and empowerment
- Naked = raw… raw emotions, insights, ideals and concepts
- Naked = positivity and hope
- Naked = gratitude
- Naked = beauty and love
- Naked = choosing joy
- Naked = TRUTH
Are you ready to get NAKED?
Please note I am not a naturopath, nutritionist or health expert, however I have a passion and it is to live this life as healthy and as true to myself as possible.