On 19th April 2017 I was told that I have breast cancer (after doing the tests 8 days earlier). The type & stage aren't yet known but it's in one breast and the lymph node near it. The recommended treatment is chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and hormone treatment for up to five years (in that order).
The reason I'm sharing openly - and will continue to do so - is that I'd like to normalise my experience and not stigmatise it, to help me better handle it. I think one in three 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