Our lives changed on 15 December 2015 when I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the age of 36. I had found a small lump in October 2015 and thought I'd better get it checked out. I'm still not really able to put into words how it felt to be given this news. Needless to say, Christmas was one to forget...
I started chemotherapy at The Christie in January 2016 which ran until May 2016. Diagnosis to finishing chemo was the hardest 6 months of my life. Nothing can prepare you for the physical and mental challenge. Not least donning a cold cap to try and save my hair!
Thankfully the chemo worked its magic (although I didn't have much love for the drugs at the time) and my tumour greatly reduced. I had a lumpectomy and lymph node biopsy in June 2016 under the care of the Wythenshawe Hospital. The surgery went well and I was so happy to be told there was no evidence that the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes or surrounding blood tissue.
20 sessions of radiotherapy started in July and I finally completed the treatment on 11 August 2016. There were times I never thought I'd get there.
There have been, and will continue to be many tears I am sure, but I have been pulled/dragged/hugged through this by my wonderful family and friends. You all know who you are.....💕 I will be forever grateful for their positivity, thoughtfulness and support, without which I wouldn't have been able to cope.
I want to complete the Night of Neon 10k walk as it falls around the 1 year anniversary of finding the lump. By completing the walk after so many months of treatment, I'm saying up your's cancer!
I also want to repay thanks to all The Christie staff who have treated me along the way, the overworked chemo nurses, the complimentary therapists, psychologists, consultants, wonderful radiographers and schedulers.
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