There are moments in life when everything changes. When the path you’re on, presents a detour. These moments happen to us all and, when they do, we take a deep breath and then we reconsider things; our relationships; our ambitions and our financial plans.
When you’re pregnant you’re very aware of your body and I was well into my pregnancy when I noticed a lump in my breast. I knew I had to get it checked out. When the radiologist did the biopsy, he didn’t seem too worried about it.
So, I went back to work and continued with my day. I put the biopsy out of the mind and went home that night, not even thinking about it. And, then the phone call came.
I was 33 weeks pregnant when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Three weeks later I delivered my baby…..and then I started 6 months of chemo.
3 years ago, just after my thirtieth birthday, my husband and I bought our first house together. Shortly after that we decided to try for a baby. We’d already been married for 5 years, so we were ready to embark on our next adventure.
When you’re so young you don’t expect to be diagnosed with a severe illness. Luckily we were quite sensible and had financial protection in our policies. The costs were quite scary.
And, losing my hair was probably one of the most traumatic things. I think it made me realize that I was really sick.
This was really happening to me.
My fashion background came in handy. I surfed the net and found turbans online, and taught myself to wear them. I didn’t want to look sick.
I’ve travelled so much since I went back to work, it’s crazy. I mean, this time last year I was having chemotherapy and now I’m travelling the world.
This experience has changed how I approach life. I’m grateful every day that I can be a mother to my daughter and a wife to my husband.
I plan differently now. I try to make the most of what I have and I appreciate every day for what it is.
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