I was told several weeks ago, on a routine mammogram that something wasn’t right. Completely unprepared for this, as I am a healthy, non smoker who exercises daily, doesn’t drink… much… and goes to bed early, I could only hope they must be wrong…but they weren’t and I was diagnosed with the early stages of breast cancer.
I had never felt a lump or change in any way I just went for a normal checkup. This was prompted when I had bumped into a girlfriend who I hadn’t seen in years and when I asked how she was she told me she was currently undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer. Clearly, she was equally shocked at her diagnosis as like myself, she is fit and healthy. This got me straight on the phone the next day and I booked my appointment with The London Breast Clinic for a mammogram.
After hearing the bad news I really didn’t know what to do or think. Everything seemed to have a bit more urgency attached to it, like climbing Everest… really should do it this year or… there is that expensive handbag I have always wanted, better buy it now. It was very strange the things you think of doing when you are faced with your own mortality.
Sharing this horrendous news with my family was going to be no fun either. So I did the brave thing and let one of my older brothers tell everyone. All of my family was very supportive and caring which highlighted to me how much I have missed them living over here now for 25 years. (That will be another blog) Having a good support network of friends and family really means a lot when you are going through a tough time.
After my initial biopsy the results came back sadly not ideal, so I had to get a second one to hopefully avoid having the bigger operation… a lumpectomy. Fortunately my next set of results were much better. The doctor had gone in a bit deeper and was able to remove all the cancerous cells. WAHOO what a relief!! So now I will be going annually for a mammogram to make sure it doesn’t come back!
If there is any message in all of this for me to pass on it would be please make sure not to skip your routine checkups no matter how fit and healthy you are. Thankfully, because I caught it early, I will be fine but that may not have been the case if I hadn’t made that checkup. Don’t postpone…PHONE!
This blog is a place for me to share what I do with you. It is about my love for racing, family and fashion. It is also about being an older athlete and how I manage to keep my training balanced and, most of the time, injury free. I hope to inspire other ladies, regardless of age, to get up and get healthy...just try it!