Navigating life after breast cancer
It’s Friday 2nd October 2020 and I sit here, in my kitchen writing this blog just as breast cancer awareness month kicks off. This time two years ago I’d just finished my six rounds of chemo and was having a pause before surgery and radiotherapy. I’d been diagnosed with ductal invasive breast cancer in April 2018. Looking back, I now realise that this marked a period where I started the slide from coping to just about functioning.
Because although I completed treatment January 2019, it took another year before I really started allowing myself to get to grips with what had happened. A big part of me finding peace and balance after a truly tumultuous few years was Maggie’s Cancer Centre, and the Where Now course for people who have finished cancer treatment.
Finding my voice, sharing my story
A big part of what I do professionally is to help people to find their voice and share their story. And that includes me. I want my blogs to help people become more confident in their writing and communication by sharing snippets of my background as well as my thoughts and ideas.
This post is definitely one to file under ‘sharing my story’. But it is a big part of who I am. I worry that it feels egotistical to think that people will be interested in what I have to say. But firstly, it’s cathartic for me. And secondly, I know how I have benefitted from hearing others talk about their life experiences so may be I can pass that on and help someone else.
I actually started writing this blog a few months ago and sent it to the lovely people at Maggie’s Leeds so that they can see how much they helped me. I’ve started quite a few blogs over the past year or so and even finished a few. I’ve had one published on the Ticking off breast cancer website and plan on writing and sharing more.