I was 45 years old when I heard the words ‘You have breast cancer’. My life changed in an instant.
As the mother of a three-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy, I finally had the family I had tried so hard for, for so many years. Then in the blink of an eye, I thought I was about to lose it all. I felt completely helpless.
With the love and support of my husband, family and friends I began my two-year rollercoaster ride of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, double mastectomy, oophorectomy and reconstruction. I had some good days, but most were a struggle.
During this period I read as much as I could on diet and other complementary therapies. I needed to feel like I could control something. I decided on an integrative approach to my treatment and tried to stay as active as possible throughout my treatment.
One lesson I learnt and would like to pass on to other women is that sometimes a mammogram is not always enough – you can ask for an ultrasound as well.
I have now completed all my treatment and feel good. I try to stay positive and live in the now rather than worry about the future. I see every new day as an opportunity to create memories with my beautiful family.
My experience has brought everything into perspective and to anyone reading this I would say – don’t sweat the little things, time is too precious.