This is where I tell you that I am so much more than just a cancer patient! The time line below is ‘an at a glance’ take on the last ten years and different stages of my own battle. The Time to Reflect blogs listed below reflect on the details of my personal journey and all the twists, turns, tangoes and foxtrots I’ve performed with the mighty C!
In my own space I am also a wife and Mum. I love singing and dancing and I am a self confessed knitwear junkie. I can’t live without GHD’s and I’m well known for my Monica’isms! I am a crazy organised, overly efficient ex PA who loves finding my zen with yoga and meditation. My favourite hobby is singing and I adore walking my gorgeous black labrador as well as cooking healthy recipes and baking with my daughter! After working in the film industry for five years I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer suddenly at the age of twenty seven.
I kept a daily diary of treatment and recovery, keeping friends and family abreast of my journey. It was a life line. I discovered my love of writing while still in school uniform, writing volumes of descriptive essays but wasn’t brave enough to do anything with it properly until I embarked on a children’s writing course. Then three years ago I was asked to blog for an online magazine in light of my age and secondary diagnosis. Suddenly my diary became a massive tool of solidarity I wanted to share.
In 2014, I had a third diagnosis and with a gorgeous family now in tow, life has certainly been interesting! I am no expert, neither am I an encyclopaedia on breast cancer, let alone any cancer, but I have learnt from experience how vital it is, in this day and age, to actively offer that personal support and empathy to others. After having to find the strength to get up and dust myself off more than once, I wanted to prove there is a silver lining and since the cancer survival rates have doubled in the last forty years, there are clearly a fair few of us along for the ride, all re building their own space to shine x