Member of the Month – September
Cancer at any age. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39. I was happily married with two children aged 11 and 9. My diagnosis came as a complete shock. I considered myself to be quite young, healthy and fit. Why did I get breast cancer? After the initial shock, the most confronting part was how to tell my children and how they would react to having a mum who had breast cancer and who would eventually lose her hair. My husband, my school community and my friends and family rallied around to help with dinners, pick the kids up from school, take them to after school activities, have them overnight especially when I was feeling so sick on chemo days and when I couldn’t lift anything after my double mastectomy. It was a huge help. At first my children were taken aback when they saw me bald but after some time they got used to it and would often offer fashion advice on which scarf or wig went better with my outfit! Unfortunately breast cancer can affect any woman or man at any age, it does not discriminate.
A message from Nicola
Pink Hope has been a great support to me after my double mastectomy and reconstruction and with the news that I might carry the BRCA gene mutation (this is still inconclusive). It has been comforting to connect with other women going through a similar situation and in turn hopefully I can help others.
With a great network of support around you, you are able to get through it. Don’t hesitate to ask for support.