As we continue to reflect on Pink Hope’s Bright Pink Lipstick Day which took place on the 20th of September, we must look at what we are doing to look after ourselves as women. We quite often overlook our own health to support our family and friends which needs to change.
While I reflect, I remember my decision to have a double mastectomy. I recall how it was supposed to be a 6 to 8 week inconvenience for a lifetime filled with peace of mind. I remember patiently postponing plans for 12 months whilst I waited for my number to be called for surgery. I will never forget spending 2 years being absolutely certain that “chopping my boobs off” was the best option for me, because I wouldn’t have to live my life in fear of the “c” word.
While I ended up spending close to 3 months bed bound in hospital, due to numerous complications, I knew my choice to reduce my risk of breast cancer was the greatest gift I could give my daughter.
Although my choice did not win me friends and cost me a lot of time and mental energy, I am looking toward the future. Even though I carry a BRCA 2 mutation, my future is filled with hope because I’ll be able to see my daughter grow into the amazing young woman I know she will be.