I’d like to think that I’m as laid back as a ‘40 something’ married mum of four boys and a puppy could be! I’m always smiling, I look for the positives in every situation and I try and surround myself with like-minded happy people. I can be, however, extremely soppy and sensitive at times – worrying about the silly, little things in life.
I’m a real homemaker and what I love most is seeing my kids happy. I work one day a week and volunteer with my therapy dog on other days. I’m currently working in two schools and a care home and am passionate about bringing smiles to the people that need it most.
I am so inspired by my mum, who has looked out for me every day of my life. I am also so lucky to have the most amazing friends and family and I have never felt alone even in my darkest moments.
Three years ago, I lost a substantial amount of weight and subsequently felt a new, smallish lump on my left breast when I lay back in bed. I thought it was nothing, and a couple of months later went to the doctor about a different lump, higher up on my chest.
I was sent for a scan and immediately the specialist noticed a mass that I had ignored. Weeks of scans, MRIs and biopsies followed and I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), the earliest possible form of breast cancer.
Given my family history of breast cancer, I underwent genetic testing which revealed that I had a 25% chance of it reoccurring. Before I knew it, I had my surgery booked and a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction seemed to be my best option given the statistics.
I was extremely lucky with that decision as the histology (tissue) report later revealed that my right breast had also been affected and may never have been found until it was too late.
I promised myself on the day of my diagnosis that I would turn my experience into something positive, that would hopefully have an impact on just one other family's lives.
Opportunities to be involved with a campaign like wear it pink don’t come along very often. My family and I had a fantastic time with creating fun memories that will last a lifetime.
It’s so important to wear pink on 18 October because it’s one day a year where we can show our support for all those families and individuals who have been or are currently affected by breast cancer. Days like wear it pink keep the importance of research and support at the forefront of our minds.
My advice to anyone holding their own wear it pink event would be to just have lots of fun but don’t forget to check your boobs (and man boobs) before you get dressed up!