As a nurse, I have always been in tune with my body. In February 2012, I noticed a hard, carrot-shaped lump in my breast. I knew it was not good news.
My GP sent me to a breast clinic in Sydney. After a mammogram, ultrasound and core needle biopsy, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 36.
I was single at the time. However, fate had other ideas.
The day before my lumpectomy, a male friend called and offered support.
Glen continued to support me throughout my treatments of breast surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and IV Herceptin infusions.
In 2013 we got married, 18 months after my diagnosis.
Despite my diagnosis, I feel blessed for the tremendous support and love from my family and friends.
I also found support via Cancer Council’s Young Adult Workshop. It was helpful to connect with other young people diagnosed with cancer.
I am supporting Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day because I want to offer hope and solidarity to other women experiencing cancer. I want to give back by volunteering and sharing my story.
Now, I am making the most of every day, enjoying life with my family and friends and our recently adopted cat, Frankie.