I was absolutely devastated when I was given my diagnosis. Being an Olympian, I was fit and well, so how could this happen to me? I opted for a mastectomy after my diagnosis and count myself as a lucky person who didn't go through the chemo or radiotherapy ordeal.
Throughout my journey I thought first and foremost - its good to talk. It's a roller coaster of emotions and you need a solid support network around you to remain positive. To anyone in this situation, don't bottle it in and live each day the best you can.
During my recovery, I felt the need to support a charity and spread the message of early detection especially in the BAME community. I came across Breast Cancer Now (then known as Breakthrough Breast Cancer) who do great things in this space. I was introduced and I’ve been an ambassador for their work ever since! I'm always willing to participate in all what BCN do, but wear it pink is a great engaging and fun way to spread the message to raise important funds to stop people from dying of breast cancer - if I can help make that different, I'm in!
My diagnosis has made me realise I should go for every opportunity which is put in front of me without thinking twice - life is too short and we must live it to the maximum while we are willing and able to. Think pink and get involved - be that change!