I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 4 years ago aged 36. My diagnosis was a total shock to me, and of course to my family and friends. I wasn't ‘Breast Aware’, I didn't check myself regularly (at all in fact), I found my lump by chance in the shower. Taking into consideration my age, family history, fitness and lifestyle, my GP wasn't overly concerned but he referred me to hospital for a full check. They found an additional 2 tumours. What followed was a whirlwind; I embarked on a treatment plan of Chemotherapy, Surgery (Mastectomy and clearance of lymph nodes with immediate reconstruction, followed by additional reconstruction) and Radiotherapy.
I set up a Facebook page at the end of my treatment as I felt there was a lack of information and support available, not just to girls going through breast cancer, but their families and friends as well. When I was ill I had so many questions (not all medical) but had nowhere to turn to get answers, so I had to find them myself a lot of the time. I felt fearful and isolated, not because I was alone, but because I felt no one really understood what I was going through. I wanted to make sure that other girls wouldn't be filled with fear like I was going through breast cancer. By sharing my experience and chatting to girls I hope to shed some light on the lesser talked about aspects of Breast Cancer. I am determined to show girls that there is life after a diagnosis. And I want to draw attention to the fact that there are many girls in their 20s and 30s being diagnosed with the disease - it’s not just an ‘older woman’s illness’.