Friday, 2 October 2015

Breast cancer awareness month: To be told the words you have Cancer, but there's more nearly destroyed me!!

Author: Sonia

Having a rough time with my periods, having my left tube removed a few years ago, and then being sterilised and then the coil fitted a few months ago, I thought my hormonal track would get back to normal, no it's been the curse of all curses, bleeding all the time, boobs playing up. Till one day it got so bad, I honestly thought is was mastitis, went to the doctor, no it's an infection, nothing to worry about, anti-biotics, a week later still no difference, another course of anti-biotics. To the point I moaned so much at my doctor they referred me to my local breast clinic, appointment in the post, first one had to decline as I had an ultra sound booked for woman's problems that was more important, then was on holiday for 5 days, canal boat, love them plus this year took my mum and dad away, first holiday for them since my mums cardiac arrest two years ago.

The day came 22nd of July, I'm certain it's nothing I'm 100% human so I can only say 90% it's a cyst or fibrous lump (the words of my consultant), 23rd of July biopsies to prove their theory, 30th of July, just after being offered my dream job, I was told I had breast cancer with possibilities of melanoma, shock, stunned, anger, hatred, why me?!, it was meant to be nothing, I'm going to die, lose my family, give up now, all these emotions in a few seconds, I'd literally a few hours ago been given the job of my dreams, my world was falling apart within seconds, I was rushed off to have a mammogram, this showed nothing!! I had to then wait a further gruelling two weeks, MRI & more cell tests.

The 13th of August came, this was my day, YES IT'S ONLY BREAST CANCER, we celebrated the good news, people still say now I'm quackers, I'm then told I'll face surgery in the next few weeks, my pre-op appointment came through, 26th of August, all good with me, there's no way I'll have my surgery on the 27th of August, my 40th birthday, lo and behold I had my lumpectomy on my 40th birthday, the best birthday present ever, life begins at 40, mine has, I'm going to nail this cancer, say bye bye, live my life, love my life. I'm now facing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I have triple negative grade 3 cancer, this time next year I will be laughing over the past years experience.

Love to all, I love my life xx

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Write for the blog! This blog is one of a series being shared on the Young Women's Breast Cancer Blog UK during October, breast cancer awareness month, but the blog is here year round. If you are a young woman in the UK who has/had a breast cancer diagnosis and you would like to be a part of this blog, please have a read of the additional information here.

Check your breasts
Breast cancer can happen to any of us - regardless of age. Information about how to check your breasts can be found on the Coppafeel and Breast Cancer Now websites.

Further information and support:
Younger Breast Cancer Network UK - an online chat and support group for women under the age of 45 in the UK who have had a breast cancer diagnosis.
Baldly Beautiful - a YouTube channel with make up demonstrations, created by Mac makeup artist Andrea Pellegrini who went through chemo herself in 2014.
Take A Moment - This is a group for women (all ages) who have/had breast cancer who want to explore, reflect on and express their feelings and experiences through photography. This is a link to the public page - to join the group, send them a message.
The Osborne Trust - Providing children of parents with cancer the opportunity to access time out recreational activities whilst their parents undergo operations and treatments
Jen's Friends - Free heart-shaped pillows for women (and men) with Breast Cancer. Designed to provide comfort and protection after a Mastectomy operation.
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