Why I blog about my Breast Cancer
As you know, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in November 2015. I made the decision to blog about my breast cancer diagnosis immediately and it’s the most personal subject I’ve ever shared on my blog.
Since the diagnosis, I’ve undergone successful surgery (a lumpectomy) and 7 months of chemo and radiation.
I’ve blogged about how I felt receiving the diagnosis, my treatment plan, the various stages of treatment and how it has changed our lives.
I wanted to share with you how a breast cancer diagnosis played out and to encourage other women to be vigilant in checking with breasts for changes. I, very luckily, found my lump early on and so far, I have a good outlook. I might not be so lucky had I ignored the lump.
As well as raising awareness of breast cancer, there was another reason I wanted to share my story.
At my diagnosis I was told that my cancer, Triple Negative Breast Cancer, is very rare. Rare and aggressive. Fun. In fact, only about 15% of breast cancers are this one.
So, as most people would, I booked a consultation with Dr Google to find out more. It was bad news. Really bad news. There were no good news stories about my kind of cancer. Everything I found was filled with negative language and a doomed outcome. Even the ones that started well!
From a rational perspective I knew that the women who survived were not spending time in forums, chatting about how healthy and happy they were. They were out living their lives. However it didn’t help me. I wanted reassurance. I wanted a good news story. Just one would have been enough.
So I decided to try to be that good news story myself. And I blogged about it – the good and the bad. I’ve tried to be honest every step of the way, especially when I felt sick, alone and depressed at times. But I’ve also written about the opportunities I’ve had since my diagnosis, the people I’ve met and the amazing support I’ve received.
I wanted to provide a place for women to come to, if they are diagnosed in the future, to find a positive account of a cancer journey.
Right now, I am cancer free. I’ve had successful surgery, we do not think the cancer spread and I had chemo and radiation just in case it did. Of course if a teeny tiny cancerous cell did escape the net (little fekker) then who knows what will happen in the future.
I don’t obsess over that any more. Not right now anyway and as they say, you have to live one day at a time.
You know how I make myself feel better about the chance of that teeny tiny cell escaping though? Well I think for all I know, I might get run over by a bus in the future but you’re not going to catch me wasting time and obsessing over the potential chance of that bus sealing my fate! It just helps me feel better, in a weird way! You do what works.
So right now, my story is a happy story. Cancer and chemo have been the hardest things I’ve ever faced in my life and I hope I never have to again. I wish no-one had to. But they’re done.
However, if you’ve found my blog because you’ve been diagnosed with cancer yourself, please know that you are not alone.
There are so many resources available to you so please ask your Doctor, your surgeon, your nurses, your family and friends. Contact your local Cancer charities because you’ll be amazed at the resources available to you from them.
In Australia, I support Cancer Council NSW and many others and the help and support they have given to me has blown me away.
If you’ve had a diagnosis for yourself or a family member or friend has, you’re not alone in this.
None of us can predict what the future holds but I do intend to continue to face my diagnosis with positivity when I can.
Thank you so much for following my journey and for all of your support – I wouldn’t have been able to do this without you.