On this date (8th June 2018) my family’s life changed, some for the worst but some for the best. Being diagnosed with breast cancer changes your world. I felt like I was in Willie Wonka’s wonkavator. I was up down left right, all over the place with all emotions possible. I know for a lot of people Cancer has not been so kind and has taken away so many good people. For me it has shown how strong I am and what wonderful kids I have and how they have given me the opportunity to make this journey a happy one.
Every cloud has a silver lining if you look close enough so I choose to make each stage of the treatment a fun one where possible. I am now thankfully all done, just for my yearly check-ups. I have learnt a lot thought it all but most of all I’ve grown and met some amazing people along the way. I have met lovely nurses, doctors, etc but the best bunch of people are the Cork Cancer Care Center, they have been there for me through thick and thin, through the tears and laughter. I have been able to be truly myself and they provided the means for me to grow and get better both physically and mentally. I will be forever in their debt.
I’m putting this out because I want to let people know that Cancer is a horrible disease and it should just F**k off, but without it I don’t think I’d be in such a happy place right now. It’s not all doom and gloom, I am a face of someone who has been through the ringer and still come out shining, and so have many amazing people. Cancer is something that should be talked about and not hidden, it’s not a taboo and the more we talk about it the more we learn and get better educated. Knowledge is so important.
My advice if you know anyone who is going through this journey or is nervous about what to do if they know somebody going though is just talk. It’s the best medicine for the soul. A simple text, message or card can help so much, well it did for me.