Breast cancer, I know this is off topic, considering my usual topics are about online marketing and related topics. I’m taking advantage of this platform (my online office) to reach as many people as possible about this very important topic.
Before I tell you my story I want to tell you why I am sharing this with you. For those of you, who know me, know that I am my own boss and have been for over 3 years now, full-time. I help businesses gain a presence on page one of the search engines using some amazing free strategies and dabble in some affiliate marketing on the side. I’m a solo parent and have two gorgeous sons that I adore.
I love my life!!!
First of all, I’m not looking for your sympathy.
I want to make everyone more aware of breast cancer.
It can happen to you, your wife, girlfriend, mother, your sister, your friend, your aunty, your mother in law, your next door neighbour.
Breast cancer does not run in my family…… I am the first one.
Breast cancer can touch anyone and everyone, even men.
One in Every Nine Women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer
According to the Australian Government, Cancer Australia website
One in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85. I am one of these women and I’m 51.
I have Breast Cancer and I am Grateful!
Ok, so you are probably thinking….. Sandy, why are you grateful?
Here’s my story.
The way I look at this situation is with an open heart and an open mind. My life has been a picture of good health to date and I am grateful for this. It’s this good health that will get me through this journey, I feel strong!
This is How I Found out I Had Breast Cancer
Like I said earlier, I’m 51 and grateful that Australia is my home and breast cancer awareness is paramount in this country. From the age of 50 every woman is offered a complimentary mammogram through the Australian government breast cancer awareness program.
On the 14th February, 2012, I had my first mammogram. A few days later I received a letter to say I’d been recalled to have more test as there were suspicious lumps in my breasts. My mum eased my mind by telling me she had also been recalled on her first test. I wasn’t at all worried until I arrived at the next appointment where more images were taken of my left breast, followed by an ultra sound.
I took my girlfriend Tracey with me who is an amazing woman and support for me. When the nurse said “if the ultrasound proves positive you will be here for about 3 hours because we’ll then carry out a biopsy” my girlfriend and I just looked at each other and said that won’t happen. Lol…….
Sure enough I stayed for a double biopsy. They had discovered 3 lumps (in their words, bad looking lumps). A week later I was back to hear the results….. Malignant or benign? The result was Malignant!
Funnily enough I stayed so positive for the next week and simply continued to live my life with my 2 beautiful boys, who have both been so strong. Children really keep you in the here and now.
You Have Invasive Breast Cancer Sandy
A week later, sitting in the specialist’s office, I was calm, positive and smiling. I had been told the week before at the breast screening clinic that the malignant lumps will be removed including a small amount of surrounding tissue. In my mind this was a great result, everything was going to be fine…… so I thought……
Five minutes later I was being told I had grade 3 breast cancer and my left breast will have to be removed along with all the lymph nodes under my left arm. He must have seen the look on my face, because he then said “You look shocked, is this the first time a mastectomy has been mentioned to you?”
I was shocked and yes, no one, until now had mentioned breast removal. Tomorrow, Wednesday 14th March 2012, exactly 1 month to the day from my first mammogram, I will undergo a radical mastectomy.
I’m not too sure what lies ahead, however I am 110% sure I will be victorious in my battle with breast cancer… I have so much support from people reaching out to me and my family, it is truly overwhelming.
Not only do I have the support of my Mum, my 2 boys and my good friend Tracey, I have friends and colleagues worldwide praying for me and sending me their wishes and thoughts every day.
Word travels fast when you have the support of the most amazing group of people online, through Facebook and Skype etc. What touched me the most was when I found out my Mums neighbour has started a prayer chain for me and there are groups of people praying for me all over the world.
Knowing I have all this awesome support simply blows my mind.
I urge you to please share my story and share your story with me and my readers in the comments below. Early breast screening could save your loved ones and by sharing my story you will make more people breast aware.
Early breast screening is paramount to the survival of breast cancer patients. 🙂