Two years ago we possibly faced the worst news anyone could hear, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer.
You automatically think the worst when you hear the word "cancer" and I started thinking about life without my mum which was unbearable.
After a few weeks of finding out the bad news my mum started her long journey with an 8 month course of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy as you know has many side effects but the worst one was that she lost her all her hair. I thought she still looked just as beautiful but she lost her confidence. She become exhausted and could hardly drag herself out of bed. On a few occasions she had to spend a few nights in hospital so they could put her on a drip and boost her immune system. After several awful weeks she finally finished her course of chemo! We were so happy, we took in some treats for all the fabulous hardworking nurses and the patients undergoing chemo also on that day.
One mission done, onto the next.
After a month off, she then had her operation. Luckily they didn't need to remove the whole breast, they removed all the cancer cells. They also removed her lymph nodes for preventative measures for the future. She had loads of visitors (it was like my big fat greek wedding but hospital style)
Lastly she had to have radiotherapy, every single day for 4 weeks. This was the last step now to recovery! Her skin become burnt, sore and even started to peel. It was invasive but not as harsh as the Chemo was.
After 3 awful stages and 1 emotional year, we heard the best news anyone could receive. She was Cancer free. I couldn't believe it I was crying with happiness. We celebrated that evening with a glass of bubbly.
I have to say she is one of the strongest ladies I know, she makes me so proud to call her my mum! Even after everything she was going through she still managed to work the whole way through everything. Unfortunately not everyone has a happy ending like me and that's why I am raising money for Cancer Research UK.