Once you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer then another whole series of other questions arise about plotting your path to health apart from the usual surgery, chemo, radiation and possible hormone treatment. And of course there are so many things to consider about diet and lifestyle that it becomes a mine field of should I shouldn’t I questions! You could end up pulling out your last remaining hair with the stress of it all …
SHOULD I or SHOULD’NT I eat soya. Someone please help me!
Firstly I would like to apologize to anyone who doesn’t have a Face Book page, currently I think that equals my dad as everyone else I am acquainted with under the age of 88 has one. But those in the know are also aware that there is this ridiculous thing on FB where people try to persuade others into pasting things on their page in the name of raising awareness …
Just as we all like to mark birthdays, we also all count our cancerversaries. How many years since first diagnosis, how many since completion of treatment, how many years clear, how many since rediagnosis and so on. A lovely friend was marking her 8 years clear since diagnosis but with a hearty reminder to us all that we are never out of the cancer woods, just look at Olivia Newton-John she managed an amazing 25 years and then it turned up again.
And much at the same time Kristin Hallenga founder of Coppafeel was also celebrating her 9 years since she first went to her GP with ‘lumpy boob’ and at the ridiculously tender age of 23 was diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s only 31 now. Both my friend and Kris Hallenga have achieved a huge amount since diagnosis, both have been moved to help others. One founded an internet support group and the other established the first ever group to encourage women to check their breasts. Both much needed and valued by hundreds indeed thousands of women.
We are so lucky in this age of social media that at our fingertips we can find support, information, friendship and a platform to reach out to people who understand and to share our experiences in the hope that it may be useful to others.
On this anniversary I would like to offer you Kris Hellenga’s latest blog entry ‘How to glitter a turd’ – it’s about her life on reaching this important anniversary. I think what I love most about it is that like me she has advanced, stage 4, metastasis breast cancer but she has taken a new direction both in her life and treatment regime and amazingly opened a cafe in a van. Wow what a woman. It’s inspirational – read on;
And look who we have here! My fellow stage 4er, advanced, terminal, life loving buddy Nikki. Sadly the photo only shows the tea cups but we celebrated being together with a little prosecco! An absolute must.
A wonderful weekend up in stunning Stathern with my sister Mary and my lovely friend Charla, her husband John and Alfie. The sun mainly shone for us and included a trip to the beautiful gardens of Doddington, walks, breakfast at Dickies, and so much more!
And yet another of my many repeat ‘Last’ visits. This is a place I can never tire of, with people I can never get bored of. A very special place in my heart …
What an amazing day, rained the whole time but that didn’t dampen a thing! What a special thing it was to spend yesterday with Gorgeous Grace and Lucy my childhood friend and of course the lovely Dilgesu my step-daughter. London zoo is magic … another of my many many final visits.
Stage 4 and still time for just one more – squeezing every drop out of life!
Sadece iki ay önce en son ziyaretimden sonra İngiltere’den döndüğüm zaman Kızdım. Öfkeliydim çünkü şaşırtıcı Hep meme kanseri hastası olarak aldığım tıbbi bakım, orada hissettim O resmin hayati bir yönü eksikti. Kadınların paylaştığı tecrübeler Ve birbirlerini desteklemek ve tabii ki eğlenmek için bir araya gelebilirler.
I don’t have a bucket list but when I reflect back on what I have done since 2003 when I was first diagnosed I realize what I have achieved. Cancer made me focus on undertaking things which were more important than navel gazing and it is in the years since then that I have lived the most.