When my cancer journey began I was a 46 year old wife to Simon and mother living in Adelaide, South Australia. My children are adults now, with one living overseas in Vancouver, Canada, the other still living at home. I work as a travel blogger and freelance travel writer, spending a good proportion of each year travelling to destinations near and far.
Aside from travel, I love to read, walk, hike and be active. I have an unhealthy obsession with jigsaw puzzles and I rarely watch tv. I spend one day a week being favourite Aunt to my three-year-old niece and nephew, the rest of the time is being a slave to my laptop.
Cancer was not a huge surprise to me, but the form was. I have a family history of melanoma, and with lovely pale skin in the harsh Australian sun I have been just waiting for that to raise it’s ugly head. I did not expect to get breast cancer. Only one family member – an Aunt – has previously had breast cancer over twenty years ago, and with a lumpectomy and radiation, she has been cancer free ever since.
I’ve discovered in the last few years that I love to write. I was not going to write my cancer story, but I believe this process will be cathartic. I hope it will help me straighten thoughts out in my own mind, and if others find this helpful in their own journey, that’s a bonus.
To start reading from the beginning, go to my first post That Day This Journey Began
To read more about me and my travels, visit my main blog Josie Wanders
No two breast cancer cases are the same. Here’s a quick run down of mine for those who understand the terms or who are going through it themselves and are looking for similar cases.
Stage 1 – IDC 6mm/DCIS 10cm of right breast, ER+ 90%, PR+ 50% HER2-
No vascular invasion, lobular neoplasia or lymph node involvement, clear margins on both invasive tumour and DCIS.