Sally Obermeder with Camp Quality cancer patient Andrea. Photo: Damien Ford
Having fought her own brave and public battle with an aggressive form of breast cancer, few know the impact the disease has on family as well as Sally Obermeder.
It is two years since her life-shattering diagnosis when she was 41 weeks pregnant, and almost a year since she was given the all-clear after eight months of intense chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.
The television presenter admits that despite her recovery she still battles with demons and fears about the disease.
Obermeder and daughter Annabelle. Photo: Supplied
''When you do come that close to dying, it never really is far from your mind. Everything else is in perspective,'' she tells S.
She is also feeling the long-term impact of being a breast cancer survivor, faced with the risky decision of whether she can have more children.
Spending time with a nine-year-old Camp Quality cancer patient, Andrea Al Zened, last week was emotional, Obermeder says.
Three suit: Kid Mac, his wife Amy, and Peter Morrissey on their wedding day at Watsons Bay. Photo: Mr. Edwards photography
''It doesn't take much generally to take me back,'' she says. ''It's always a fresh wound and doesn't take much for the scab to come off and everything just oozes out.
''When you see a child - it really takes all of your strength to hold it together. I just want to wrap them up and make sure nothing happens, and that's why, even though for me it's painful to do, I still do it.''
Although she feels ''really well'', the experience has made her more cautious.
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''I've slowed down a lot and I only do what matters to me and what I think is really important and what I value, as opposed to what I think will please other people. I'm careful how I spend my time. I also protect myself a lot more and make sure I'm looking after myself. I can't be there for [daughter] Annabelle and [husband] Marcus if I don't.''
She says while she would dearly love more children, she is grateful for what she already has.
''It's tough,'' she admits. ''I'd love to fall pregnant, but I couldn't think about it last year. I need to explore my options. It's risky. Do I want to take that risk? I don't know - I put it in the too-hard basket last year, but it is something I need to talk with the oncologist about and evaluate. It's a really hard one.
Leila McKinnon out with David Gyngell and son Ted. Photo: INF
''I've made peace with that. I have one beautiful child, and she's happy and healthy and that's enough to be grateful for, and I just live with that.''
Obermeder is an ambassador for Camp Quality Supper Club alongside Kirstie Clements, Danielle Spencer and Andy Allen.
This year's event will be held simultaneously across five cities on May 8, with plenty of top restaurants on board, including Sydney's Aria and Glass Brasserie. Guests feast on a bespoke menu to raise money for the charity, which helps create a better life for children living with cancer.
Dollywood Down Under: from left, Biana Moon , Dolly Parton, and Kent Wells.
''Even though I wasn't a child [when I was diagnosed], I have been there and I know she'll come out the other side,'' Obermeder says of her time spent with Andrea.
''You come away from those experiences and you really learn more from the child.''
Boys behaving well
Backtrack: Sam Neill and Adrien Brody. Photo: Supplied
Most men are nervous before their big day.
But rapper and filmmaker Kid Mac, 30, had jitters of a different kind ahead of his wedding to Amy Lee Varaine, 25, last week at Watsons Bay, Our Lady Star of The Sea.
Worried that some of his mates, who are notoriously badly behaved, would act up at the wedding church service and wouldn't be up-to-date on their finest wedding etiquette in front of his new bride's family, his family parish priest and industry friends, he put the word out: No mucking up.
But Mac, real name Macario De Souza, needn't have worried. The award-winning singer, reality TV star and documentary filmmaker of Bra Boys and Fighting Fear admits it was the older generation who got rowdy on the night.
''I had to put out a warning, to tone it down,'' Mac laughs of his pre-wedding nerves. ''But it was the oldies I had to worry about - my old man had all the parents on the dance floor! The boys took a back seat.''
In an emotional touch, Mac and Amy were married in a traditional Catholic service by the same Brazilian community priest, Father Ronaldo, who married his older sisters.
His Bra Boys co-star and mate Koby Abberton even showed up at the church, although admittedly he didn't take a pew, preferring to hang outside.
Enjoying the party vibe at the reception at the Vaucluse Yacht Club was fashion designer Peter Morrissey, Rabbitohs captain John Sutton, Reni Maitua, Swans player Heath Grundy, Mark Matthews and Richie Vaculik.
Morrissey has been a firm friend of Mac's since he designed his first red-carpet suit for the premiere of Bra Boys.
''He was introduced to us all those years ago and since then has become such a good friend. He's dressed me at every milestone since and I asked him to do five of the groomsmen and my dad and Amy's dad,'' Mac says.
The couple have postponed their honeymoon until after Mac's tour of LA, Texas and Canada, and the completion of the second season of his reality show The Crew, for Nine's Go Channel and Fuel TV.
The couple will embark on a world trip in June for several months, taking in Mac's extended family in Brazil, and his wife's family, who live in Paris.
He also hopes to get some baby-making happening.
''I can't wait for it to happen. If it was up to me I'd have 'em now and have plenty of 'em, but Amy is building her career.''
New solo anchor role, new baby
Leila McKinnon has always been on a mission.
After 18 years at Nine, the seasoned reporter launches Inside Story on Wednesday night in her first permanent prime-time solo anchor role.
The new true-crime investigation series sees Tom Steinfort, Peter Stefanovic and Alicia Loxley deliver a one-hour program investigating gritty crimes. Jobs like this don't come up often, and McKinnon, complete with her sleek new anchor look, is acutely aware she is finally where she has always wanted to be.
Six months pregnant and parent of boisterous 16-month-old Ted, with husband Nine chief executive David Gyngell, McKinnon admits she has never swayed from the path she is now on.
''This is a dream gig. I was offered jobs over the years - I remember when I was really young being offered roles on lifestyle shows like Getaway and the like - but I always turned them down because I always wanted to stay focused on news and current affairs. I've always enjoyed the immediacy of news, I find it fascinating,'' she admitted to S.
''I'm not saying it wasn't tempting to go into lifestyle … but I knew it wasn't a long-term goal. I've interviewed WWI veterans and I've interviewed a guy who was one of the Australian prisoners of war who helped dig the tunnels in the Great Escape.
"In this new job I have interviewed Kiesha Weippeart's grandmother, which was utterly heart-wrenching, and I interviewed a lovely young farmer whose wife organised to have him shot - and he thought they had a happy marriage. Something that really stuck with me was that when he finally came out of the coma and recovered and he went home to his family farm, he said he missed her. He will spend the rest of his life trying to rationalise that to himself. It's these stories that fascinate me, and I think a lot of people, especially women, are interested in how victims put the pieces of their life together afterwards.''
Currently knee-deep in motherhood, her active son - ''a very full-on boy'' - keeps her more than busy when away from the newsroom.
''I think I get the brunt!'' she says of his energy. ''We have to do three of four things a day like swimming and running around the park, and then he collapses really well at night! On the weekend we played naked dodge ball. Only Ted is naked! He runs around with the sprinkler on and David was hitting him with a ball, which he loved.''
She is taking the birth in May in her stride: ''Your first is much more difficult and so much more daunting.''
Oscar winner Adrien Brody attended the wrap party for Aussie psychological thriller Backtrack at inner-city den Tatler last Saturday night. Brody, his girlfriend model, Lara Leito, and other cast and crew celebrated at their end-of-production party after an intense six-week shoot in and around Sydney, regional NSW and Melbourne on the spine-chilling flick, which also stars Sam Neill. The hard-working bunch got a chance to let their hair down and celebrate their successes. Also there were Michael Petroni, Jenni Baird, Robin McLeavy, Chloe Bayliss and producers Antonia Barnard and Jamie Hilton.
Special mention to Greg Inglis' very pregnant wife, Sally Robinson, who, despite sporting a big bump - plus the added stiletto pain - was loyally by the side of her Rabbitoh husband all night at Wednesday night's Fox Sports programming launch at Luna Park - despite Inglis being stopped literally at every step for interviews. Who said being a WAG was glamorous?
Australian singer-songwriter Bianca Moon got a taste of Dollywood Down Under last week when she hit the recording studio with Dolly Parton's band and executive producer Kent Wells to work on her new album. Moon, an Emmy-nominated songwriter for one of her four tracks that feature on The Bold and the Beautiful, told S she was thrilled to work with Dolly's team. She also recounted the moment when Dolly drawled: ''Kent told me what ya'll were doing and I thought, 'Oh great! I've brought my band halfway across the world to record someone else's album!'''. She also turned to Moon's parents to compliment them: ''I've heard you've got quite a talented little lady there.'' Talk about Southern charm.