September 2018 - recall following a routine mammogram. This should have been the last before my 70th birthday. Here we go again. Never mind, last time it turned out to be a false alarm.
October 2018 - cancer diagnosis. 22 years since the first breast cancer diagnosis I had and, my oh my, how things have changed. Unfortunately, there had still been a six week delay from the date of the mammogram to the date of diagnosis. The aim of the intended new Boudicca breast unit is to eliminate such delays with updated diagnostic equipment and methods. A big call, we know, but if such delays can be reduced in number, the outcome could be life changing for many people.
I have to say that following my diagnosis the treatment that I received proceeded quickly and efficiently. Hopefully, I am now cancer free. That is unless something else crops up. My two cancers have been in different breasts and, I'm told, were unrelated. I've just been unlucky.
I realise that without the dedicated care of the Breast Care Unit staff, surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, radiographers, nurses and students throughout the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital my prognosis wouldn't be as good as it is.
When I first had cancer, within 9 months of completing treatment I ran the London Marathon to raise funds for a cancer charity. 22 years on, affected by arthritis and back problems, I'm unable to run any more but am attempting to walk the Norfolk Coast Path, all 84 miles of it, in 6 days. 6 months after completing treatment. A very good friend, who has been around for both of my cancer journeys, will be accompanying me for the whole walk - mad woman. Thanks Jeanne.
This time all the monies raised will go toward the setting up of the new Breast Care Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Please support me to help other Norfolk people faced with breast cancer.