Known as George to all, I am a Mum of two, a fitness enthusiast and lover of good food and travel. I was also diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2020. This is my story.
I do my best to find the positives in any situation.
I’m somewhat of an organisational freak, bit of a perfectionist and hugely indecisive (never go shopping with me!). I love to eat but loathe cooking, so my husband wears the chef’s hat in the house!
I’ve worked in the wine trade for nearly twenty years and love the diverse range of countries it has taken me to. I’m an energetic person and love to exercise which helps me feel mentally strong as well as physically. I always try and see the good in people. Everyone has their story.
I have yoga to thank for finding my breast lump.
I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma on 1 December 2020, at the age of 43, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
I once read a story online about a girl who was diagnosed with breast cancer and could only feel it lying down. This really struck a chord with me and I never forgot. Little did I know, this would play a part in saving my life.
At the end of one of my morning yoga practices, relaxing with one hand on my heart and one on my belly, I decided to have a quick check and discovered my lump. It was so small that I could barely locate it standing up, so I kept double checking throughout the day by lying down to make sure I wasn’t imagining things. I then made an appointment.
Thankfully, I caught it early at just 12mm and it hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes. I had a lumpectomy before Christmas then, in January 2021, I underwent an 18-week course of chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy.
In a bizarre coincidence, my mother-in-law was also diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2021, so our treatment coincided and we were a support for each other.
My diagnosis triggered a strong drive from within.
My diagnosis triggered a strong drive from within to raise awareness. Being immersed in the world of cancer, talking to friends and family more in depth and becoming part of the cancer community online, made me realise just how unbelievably common breast cancer now is, not to mention how key early detection is.
I decided to share my full journey on Instagram in order to highlight the importance of self-checking and to help others understand all that cancer treatment entails, with the hope of dispelling some myths along the way. Raising awareness has helped me to attach some sort of meaning and purpose to it all.
Who inspires me? Women. I think we all have a huge inner strength but don’t always believe in ourselves! At this present time, I am especially inspired by the incredible women in my life who have supported me through this challenging time as well as the amazing ladies who have bravely documented their own cancer experiences online.
In October, I will wear it pink for future generations.
I want to spread awareness in order to help people realise that breast cancer is now one of the most common cancers in the world with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed in the UK.
Cancer is a scary word, but breast cancer can be treatable if caught early enough. I want to fundraise in order to support life-saving research and care for my children’s generation and beyond.