On 19th April 2017 I was told that I have breast cancer after doing the tests eight days earlier, further to finding a lump in one breast. The type and stage weren't yet known but it was a grade 2 invasive cancer (growing at a medium rate) in one breast and had already spread to the lymph node near it. The recommended treatment was advised as chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and hormone treatment for up to five years (in that order). It has since been confirmed as Stage 2 cancer.
The reason I decided to share my journey openly is that I'd like to normalise my experience and not stigmatise it, to help me better handle it. One in two people now gets cancer, so I don't see the need to be embarrassed or ashamed to discuss it publicly.
Thanks to everyone who's been in touch and showered me with lovely messages of how they expect me to beat this as they know me to be strong, positive, etc. - I don't intend to disappoint you :)
In the meantime, my family and I welcome the continuance of as many positive vibes and prayers as possible xx