I received my diagnosis in January 2015 on my 56th birthday. A different cancer in each breast. It wasn’t quite the birthday present that I had been expecting. The response to the question, ‘What are the chances?’ was equally unexpected. I had no idea that one in eight women can expect to be diagnosed with breast cancer during the course of their lifetime.
The treatment plan included a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. During the course of my treatment I have been truly humbled by the level of care and support that I have received. Family and friends have been unfailingly supportive. The My Journey Kit from Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) has proved to be an invaluable resource to which I have returned time and again as my treatment has progressed. In a very real sense BCNA has been with me every step of the way.
My participation in the Sussan Women’s Fun Run last year was an opportunity to give something back to those who had offered me so much practical support throughout the year. It also provided an opportunity to set a realisable fitness goal during the latter stages of treatment. It is important to identify ‘positives’ whenever they present themselves. My loss of hair made Sinead O’Connor the perfect choice when invited to an 80s diva fancy dress party.
It is important to remember that sometimes you may have to go in search of ‘positives’ but sooner or later you will find them.