Last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. To tell you it was a shock is an understatement. I was only 40 years old, healthy and very fit. As a result, I received a unilateral mastectomy with reconstruction. I am very pleased to say that today I am cancer-free.
I am very aware that I am at risk of getting the disease again but I live in the hope that it was just a blip in my life and that I will go on to live for many happy years and continue to raise my beautiful daughter.
It seems as though weekly, I am hearing about more and more cancer diagnoses. It is like the modern-day plague. Cancer has blighted human beings for centuries but through research, lives hve been and are being saved and prolonged. Who knows, years from now a cure might be found. It is because of the diligent work of people that came before me, that I received life-saving surgery. It is a hard pill to swallow to acknowledge that had I not been treated early or spotted the signs early, that I might not be here to tell this story.
I would like to know I played an active role in making progress happen for people who are diagnosed in the near and distant future and that is why I am running the Race for Life.