I was diagnosed with breast cancer age 34 which turned my world upside down. Why me? I considered myself fit and healthy, ate well, drank occasionally, didn't smoke and generally looked after myself. I'd always worried about cancer after losing my mam to the disease when I was only 14 but was told I wasn't at genetic risk... It was a complete shock. I began a cycle of hospital appointments, treatments and tests. I'd always had a phobia of needles but I soon had to get over that... Iíve now had multiple surgeries, fertility treatment, chemo and radiotherapy, as well as herceptin injections and hormone therapy. Cancer treatment is brutal... Iíve been cut, poisoned and burned, which means youíve got no other choice but to toughen up!
Chemo was the worst... I lost my hair, was sick, felt ill constantly and even ended up in hospital with an infection. I had aches and pains, lost my eyebrows and eyelashes... Even my nails started to drop off. I lost everything that made me feel feminine... It was as tough physically and emotionally. I had herceptin injections every 3 weeks for a year before finishing active treatment in November 2016!
Cancer can affect anyone, at any age, and it is life threatening. I'll always live in the fear that it may return but I intend to live my life without worrying over the small things. Anything I can do to help others going through similar experiences can only be a good thing. Iíll be running his years Great North Run for Shine.
Shine supports adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. Too old for children and teenage services but too young for traditional cancer support, Shine support's the people who fall into a devastating cancer support gap. Young adults with cancer experience higher rates of loneliness, depression and isolation than older patients, and their work and family lives are more likely to be affected.
Shine is working hard to ensure that they can access the information, help and support that they need in a way that suits them, with events including lunches and drinks evenings, beach walks, multi-day getaways, workshops, online networking, and mentoring to empower and boost their confidence living with cancer.
By supporting Shine, youíre helping the 30,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year.
Please help us to raise as much money as possible. Thank you xxx
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