Tonia Evans

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.

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