well, this week marks 4 years since I was diagnosed with Inflammatory breast cancer. (IBC)
A time for reflection, I’ve been wondering what my life would have been like without the c word. I’ve also been trying to work out whether I should be celebrating being NED (no evidence of disease) or mourning for everything I have lost, hair, breast, confidence….
The upshot is I am very grateful to still be here, I am truly thankful for the love of my family and friends. I am humbled by the dignity and grace shown by some wonderful women I have met who are not as lucky as me, their cancer has spread, and in some cases they are terminally ill.
Having a rare cancer can be scary and lonely, but the power of the internet has meant I have connected with some inspirational women who have had IBC.
I also know that I am not the same, I feel compelled to use my experience to help other women. I am setting up a support group to help women rebuild their lives afer treatment has finished, I know what it is like to suffer with depression, and I hope that Confidence After Cancer can make a difference.
Cancer will not destroy me.
‘I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become’ Carl Gustav Jung