A Few Days Away

Before I found out I had cancer Simon had purchased a travel auction voucher for a few days away in Port Broughton, a beachside town a couple of hours from Adelaide. We have just spent the last few days there and it was so nice. We spent a lot of time fishing. I know, this wasn’t how I expected to spend my time. In my mind Simon was going to fish his little heart out and I was going to find a nice spot on the beach or in the shade and just chill out with a book. The first …

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A Second Opinion

After I sat down and talked with my surgeon, I knew exactly how I need to move forward with my treatment. There was only one way in my mind that I could get the results that I want – a life that is cancer-free and worry-free. I committed to it, booked my surgery and was quite happy. But I’ve never had a major surgical procedure – in fact my lumpectomy is my only other experience. I still have my tonsils and my appendix. I’ve not been in hospital since my youngest daughter was born nearly 21 years ago. Both my …

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What to Say to Someone with Breast Cancer

I just received a message from a Facebook friend. This was someone I hardly know. We have meet a few times in person, and occasionally will comment on each others’ Facebook posts, and I don’t think I have seen him for at least five years. But I was happy to be approached because it shows that by being open about what I am personally going through I am able to help others too. Yay, a small benefit to this shit hand I’ve been dealt! Anyway, I digress. He contacted me because he was wondering the best way to approach an …

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Perpetually Waiting…

Click here to start at the beginning of my story Back in mid-2007 Simon applied for a job within his company that was located in Dubai. It was one of those positions that was advertised world wide and even though he worked for the same company, he had to go through the recruitment process like everyone else did. At first it was exciting, but soon it was excruciating. Each step he would be told “we will get gack to you in three days” but we wouldn’t hear anything for weeks. Each step was said to be the last – and …

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Feeling Lucky

Click here to start at the beginning of my story Ever since hearing those dreaded words “you have breast cancer” it has been all consuming. Barely five minutes goes past without ne thinking about it. My way of coping means learning all I can and being as prepared as I can be for all eventualities. While doing this I have come across some fantastic support groups on Facebook, and have read some amazing stories on blogs or other websites. And they have made me realise – I am actually very lucky. I am lucky that at this stage my cancer …

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A Lot to Give Up

Click here to start at the beginning of my story Giving up my breasts was kind of an easy decision, after all, they are trying to kill me. Actually doing it will be hard, and the recovery will be harder, but they are not the only things I will be giving up thanks to cancer. Before this I didn’t know a whole lot about cancer. I’ve not really gone through it with anyone in detail, not even my dad who lives a few hours from me. He is a man of few words so I only get told the very …

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My Treatment Options

Click here to start at the beginning of my story The day after I was told I had breast cancer I had the strangest sensation in the breast I had had the lumpectomy on. It was sloshing! Yes, it felt like it was half full if liquid and I could hear it sloshing around as I moved. It was not painful. It was actually hysterical, and both Simon and I had a good laugh about it. I had no idea if this was an issue, or if it was perfectly normal. Not knowing what else to do, I gave the …

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Living with Uncertainty

Click here to start at the beginning of my story I’m a type A person, a bit of a control freak really. I plan how things are going to be and run by a schedule. Lets just say I don’t like it very much when I don’t know what the future holds. And that’s what was happening from the minute I walked out of my GP’s office after that first appointment. Can I go out to dinner next week? Can I book that bargain trip to China for next July? Can I drive up to visit my parents for a …

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Lumpectomy and Finally the Results

Click here to start at the beginning of my story Heading off to hospital was a very new thing. The last time I was in hospital was almost 21 years ago when I gave birth to my youngest daughter. Both my childbirths had been natural with no drugs or other interventions. I had never had surgery before, the closest thing being a couple of stitches in my finger when I was a teenager. I was a little bit nervous, but really, I saw this as such a minor surgery that I wasn’t really worried about it. The hardest part was …

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That Day this Journey Began

Oh, boy, where to start! There wasn’t really one day that this all began, but rather a series of days. I guess though this all started sometime over the weeks we were travelling in Canada and the US in August/September 2019. As we were travelling my breasts were feeling a bit sore and heavy. I also noticed both breasts were feeling a bit lumpy. Not something unusual as I could get quite hormonal at times and I had recently changed contraception methods. I pretty much wrote it off in my mind but since I had an appointment with my GP …

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