What age were you diagnosed?
28 - a week after my birthday!
What were you diagnosed with?
Stage 1 ER+ Breast Cancer Grade 3 HER2+
What has helped you thrive/ feel supported?
Initially finding out my diagnosis was curative, then having a strong family unit, a very supportive husband and voicing everything I was experiencing on social media have all help me through my cancer journey.
I got married on 31st October 2015, left my job as a Personal Trainer to seek an opportunity for progression as a Health Mentor however the job wasn't available immediately. So I worked as Chef with my husband during the transitional period. During this time, I started to notice my health declining; frequent colds, I had a lingering cough which lasted 5 months, my pee turned luminous yellow no matter how much water I drank. I didn't think much of it - it was winter after all and the heat of the kitchen causes you to dehydrate quickly.
Come January, my new job came around and things were starting to fall into place, I was so busy! I loved every second of it. My cold got worse, my cough was rattling and my energy levels plummeted. I soldiered on thinking nothing of it until I started to get tingling hands whenever I felt the slightest bit of pressure on me (adrenal fatigue). Then came a dizzy spell, where my eyes span causing me to feel like I'd literally been flipped over. I had a few of these then noticed a painful lump on my left breast.
I got it seen within a week and was diagnosed the week after.
6 months later, post chemotherapy & operation (opted for bilateral mastectomy even though it was medically unnecessary), I'm being treated with Herceptin but I've been given the all clear .