I felt a lump, courtesy of being an avid sunbather and regularly rubbing factor 30 on... I thought it might have been just another cyst but with my granny and great aunt, and my mum’s cousin all having breast cancer - yet I had no aunts or sisters, I was aware I could be at risk. So off it trotted to have it checked out.
First a referral to Mr Graham, armed with a needle to aspirated, also no fluid. Off to Mr Thomson at Harbour Hospital for mammogram and Ultra sound, quickly followed without warning by a 5 core biopsy.
A week later the confirmation of Mr Thomson's suspicion. CANCER, 19mm invasive ductal, ER/PR negative. Treatment plan with Mr Graja starting with a lumpectomy, removing 60g of breast tissue inc 1cm all round to be safe, some clever reconstruction to smooth out the dent and then 6 sessions of Chemotherapy over 5 months starting mid September, then 15 sessions of radio therapy over 3 weeks.
So my journey starts, I assume it's just an inconvenience! But back of my mind I am worried I am over simplifying and it's going to be one hell of a ride. But fingers crossed my naivety will rule.
During September I'll have had my op and about to start Chemo. And for there October 10k run I'll have had one session of Chemo so who knows if I'll make it round.
Plan B after Histology update means I now have to go back for a 2nd Surgery on the 29th August, have some more of my boob removed, again shouldn’t notice if he is careful, but also have to have all the Lymph nodes removed. I really could do with not being given progressively more challenges, so awaiting some smiles and good news next chemo and Radio still await me. But I will be moving my cycling plans back by a month.
But I can't leave my kids without out a mum. So for them I'll be doing this.