What do we need to do to get rid of it?
I was diagnosed with stage 2 grade 1 lobular and tubular invasive breast cancer with high grade dcis on 21 December 2017. Even though I knew it was possible I would receive a diagnosis of cancer as my sister had been diagnosed in July 2015, I was shocked as no one wants to hear your consultant tell you that you have cancer. I'm only 46, love life and have lots to live for, so I didn't cry just asked right what do we need to do to get rid of it.
Since my diagnosis, I've had a single mastectomy and full mode clearance as 2 lymph nodes were involved followed by chemotherapy. Once this is completed, I will have 3 weeks of radiotherapy followed by 10 years of tamoxifen as my cancer was oestrogen positive.
It's a very scary time waiting for results and treatment, but don't be afraid to tell people. It's nothing to be ashamed of, practically everyone knows someone touched by cancer.
Once you have a treatment plan and you know what you’re dealing with, you can do it. Graham, my fiancé, has been my rock and has got me through the last few months. I also found an amazing support group on Facebook, have a fantastic family and amazing supportive friends, all who I couldn't do without.
Take stock of life
Since my diagnosis, I don't let little things bother me anymore. I've tried to keep everything normal for my 2 teenage sons and keep them up to date with all my treatment. You take stock of life with a cancer diagnosis and look at what's important.
My support for wear it pink
I've always supported wear it pink at work, but now going through it myself I wanted to do something for me to give back to charity. It just felt right with my diagnosis. Being a part of this campaign was important to me to raise awareness to my friends and family and the public that breast cancer doesn't just affect older ladies. Cancer can strike at any age and knowing your breasts from an early age is so important.
So just have fun! Bake cakes, play games and have fun and raise lots of money in the process. You never know when breast cancer will touch you.