In August 2010 , I was happily married to the man who taught me to laugh and enjoy life.
We had two gorgeous children ( who will both probably cringe at that description !) Jack then 16 and Kirsty age 10.
We were living on the promenade in Peel in a home we loved and I was getting to grips with a new challenge in my career as the dual diagnosis specialist nurse in the Drug and Alcohol Team.
Life was good.
One ordinary morning , in the shower , I felt a lump behind my left nipple. I told myself this could not be happening to me.
This was not my story...I was the farmers daughter as strong as an ox, no , ignore it, this was not part of my story. I would go to work as normal.
This was some sort of weird waking dream.
But, as I walked through the hall, on the way out, I picked up the phone and dialled theGP surgery.
The receptionist answered.
It felt otherworldly as I told her my experience in the last 20 minutes, she was amazing- an appt was made for that afternoon with the recently appointed ( and first) female GP in the practice.
I went to work and pretended to myself nothing had happened.
It's hard to put into words how things unfolded over the following years , I have always striven to have positive can do attitude, but every step of the way it seemed there were problems, unexpected complications and alot of the time I could not see an end to it all.
The love and unfailing support of some very special people kept me going, as did wanting to show the children that whatever our circumstances we have choices and life goes on and though adversity can and does break us down sometimes- we can come back and recover and even be better people than we were before ...well I hope that's the case anyway !
Everyone's experience of cancer treatment is unique to them , there are so many different combinations of treatments just for breast cancer, just as there are many different types of breast cancer- it's like you enter a scary world where everything is in a different language and most of what is said goes over your head anyway .
More another day ......
To be continued.....
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Jude versus Cancer - NEW CHALLENGE BEING PLANNED
Future challenge to be confirmed after recovery for Isle of Man Breast Care because I want to do something special in memory of Kate