This time last year I found a lump at the age of 36. We had just moved house and area, and had 2 children age 2 and 6. Very soon I was told I had beat cancer. This was a huge shock. Mum had had it age 45 and now it had got me. I had 3 lymph nodes removed and it was in 1 and just starting to affect the 2nd, but not the 3rd. The cancer was a grade 2 HER2 negative. I had chemo 1st to enable genes tests to be done, and had 6 lots. I used a scalp cooler which meant that I just managed to hang on to enough hair, and didn't have to wear a wig (fabulous). After this I had surgery. I desperately wanted both breast removed and could do this as the genes tests weren't back. In October I had bilateral skin spring mastectomies with immediate tissue expander reconstruction. At the same time another 3 lymph nodes were taken and were all clear. Over the past few months my expanders have been expanded every 2 weeks, and, are now fully expanded. In May I will have the expanders removed and the proper implants fitted. I started on Tamoxifen in December and have just started with Zoladex injections this week to surprise my ovaries. I will take tamoxifen for 10 years and zoladex for 5 years.
I feel very lucky. All my treatment has been very successful and I have got through it all without too many problems. I am grateful that I have young children too. It has been hard at times as I haven't been able to rest with a 2 year old running round all day, but, it has also meant that I haven't been able to sit thinking about things all the time. I have remained positive throughout and believe this has played a massive part in things. I have also explained my treatment to my children the whole way through. We have laughed about things that have happened to me and they haven't cried or been worried once. I am so thankful for everything and if I have any advice it would be talk to people and stay positive. For anyone about to start on this journey, good luck. Xxx