Jessica Rudd and Renee Coffey have been friends since childhood.
Their friendship spans over the awkward teenage years, through the turbulent twenties, up until the present day where they’re planning to get matching sideboob tattoos to raise much needed funds for multiple sclerosis (MS) research.
“Renee was cool, I was not. She had a hyper colour t-shirt. I yearned for her hand-me-downs,” Jess told Mamamia.
“We went to school dances together, braided each other’s hair, made jewellery from Fimo, belted out Alanis tunes at sleepovers, approved each other’s husbands and are now godmothers to each other’s children.”
Jess, the daughter of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, is the author of two fiction books and the founder of Jessica’s Suitcase. Renee is an Indigenous education advocate and a TEDx speaker.
— Jessica Rudd (@Jess_Rudd) March 21, 2018
Both women are also Kiss Goodbye to MS ambassadors.
In 2011, at the age of 29, Renee was diagnosed with MS. Jess has been by her side every step of the way.
“I was terrified, honestly. It’s a very crappy disease. One minute you’re fine, the next minute you can’t feel your leg,” Jess explained.
“For Renee, it started with a tickling, tingling sensation on her bra line which she thought was a loose thread.”