As many of you know, and some of you may not. This past year was one of the hardest I have been yet to go through in my life. Not only through a global pandemic, but last June I was diganoised with a rare form of Breast cancer- Pagets disease of the breast.
To say this was a shock to me & my husband at my age was an understatement. As I moved through several biopsys, MRI's, CT scans, Blood tests and Mamograms all the thoughts went rushing through my head "Would I survive to see my son Alex (age 5) grow up.
I was very fortunate to have amazing care both at St Josephs Breast centre and at BC Cancer and they caught this inscideous disease early and hugley increased my chances of gettting past this.
In Sept 17th 2020 I underwent my first Partial Mascetocmy. Recovery from this was brutual, but honestly I think more so it was the mental side of coming to terms with what was happening to me. Several weeks later I went in for my pathology results- Confident I had seen the last of this. To my dismay the margins were not clear and I had to go back in for a second operation. This was quite a dark time.
On Nov 17th 2020 I went in for my second partial mascetomy and at the same time reconstuction on the other side- I had 2 surgeons working on me simultaneously and recovery this time was much longer. However the results were clear this time and finally I felt a bit of light.
Just radiation treatment to get through.
The next few weeks and christmas were a bit of a blur. My husband James was just incredible and held our entire family together and supported me through daily radiation treatments. As did many friends who I cannot thank enough. January 17th I finished all treatments and offically clear.
It is now April and I am only just starting to get back into my normal "work outs" I will forever be checked for cancer and have an increased chance of it later in life. One in two British Columbians are impacted by cancer.
This May I’m participating in Workout to Conquer Cancer to get moving and support BC Cancer patients! I'm joining others across the province and beyond to move, no matter where we are, every single day of the month.
That's why I've committed to move and raise funds for patients, survivors and those we've lost. This challenge is more than exercise, it's about joining a community who know that together we can make an impact for those we love and have loved.
So, as I get ready to sweat my way through May, please show your support by making a donation today.