He said she needed to start focusing on looking after herself a bit more in her long journey with tumours of the pituitary gland.
“I have a tendency to do too much for other people,” Mrs Dines said.
“It’s just me. It’s in me, it’s what I do.”
The altruistic devotion is central to her being nominated in the community spirit category in the 2013 Pride of Australia awards.
“There is no end to the depth of Kellie’s passion for people in need,” her testimony said.
“She inspires everybody she comes into contact with to be the very best they can be.”
Mrs Dines, 40, is the wife of Brad, mother of Carter, 10, and Hunter, 5, and has lived at Teesdale for two years after having spent her formative years growing up at Wallington and attending Geelong’s Matthew Flinders College. She spent 17 “hideous” years battling mystery ill health and receiving all sorts of diagnoses before the discovery of a non hormone-secreting tumour surrounding her pituitary gland, at the base of her brain.
The pituitary gland secretes hormones that influence the workings of many other glands.
She has twice undergone delicate surgery attempting to remove the tumour and now it is growing around her carotid artery.
Mrs Dines’ community devotions have ranged from volunteering at three consecutive Australian International Airshows to inspiring a Black Saturday bushfires appeal that generated two truckloads of food and goods for fire victims, and volunteering as state co-ordinator for the Australian Pituitary Foundation.
After having shifted to Teesdale, she started co-ordinating money-raising efforts for the community’s pre-school and primary school and ran money-raising events for a local single mum contending with breast cancer and a family that lost a child.
She said nomination in the Pride of Australia awards was humbling. “But it’s not why I do things,” she said.
Nominations in 10 Pride of Australia award categories close on Tuesday.