My GP sent me to a breast clinic in Sydney. After a mammogram, ultrasound and core needle biopsy, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 36.
I was single at the time. However, fate had other ideas.
The day before my lumpectomy, a male friend called and offered support.
Glen continued to support me throughout my treatments of breast surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and IV Herceptin infusions.
In 2013 we got married, 18 months after my diagnosis.
I nearly made it to being 5 years cancer free until December 2016. After many months of what I thought was a tight hamstring injury after completing a half marathon in July, an accidental fall in my bathroom lead me to seek medical help. A CT scan revealed that my cancer had spread to my bones and I was back on the cocktails of chemotherapy, targeted therapies, radiotherapy. I am now Stage 4, so I won’t be getting off the merry go round of cancer treatment, but life does not stop. I am currently continuing on 3 weekly infusions of targeted therapies of Herceptin and Perjeta and 6 weekly injections of Xgeva to strengthen my bones. I also have ongoing 3 monthly scans. Accessing insurance/superannuation has helped me financially as I am no longer working due to busy treatment schedules and ongoing fatigue and other associated treatment side effects.
Despite my diagnosis, I feel blessed for the tremendous support and love from my family and friends.
I also found support via Cancer Council’s Young Adult Workshop It was helpful to connect with other young people diagnosed with cancer.
I am supporting Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day because I want to offer hope and solidarity to other women experiencing cancer. I want to give back by volunteering and sharing my story.
“You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails”. This quote reminds me that I have a choice with how I go with flow of life.
I am making the most of every day, volunteering for the local vegan market and enjoying life with my family and friends and our adopted cat, Frankie.