I will never forget the day I received my first diagnosis. The doctor was sitting across from me, looked me in the eye, told me that I have breast cancer and that we need to start treatment immediately. He slowly walked me through the different procedures, step by step. Everything around me turned into a blur. I couldn’t hear what he was saying. I was just sitting there thinking “This is it. I’m not coming out of this alive”. Why me? Why now? My life changed in the blink of an eye.
My husband, Marc, did not take the news too well either. He was scared, but regardless of his fears, he was there for me every step of the way. Every doctor’s appointment, every test, every tear – Marc held my hand and never let me forget that I wasn’t fighting alone.
I was very lucky. I was diagnosed on time, I had a type of cancer for which effective treatment was available, I had family and friends who supported me throughout the battle. I will always cherish the special memories I have from this time. My favorite one is the one I have of taking my niece Ashley (13 yo at the time) to radiotherapy sessions. I initially just wanted to show her that the treatment wasn’t hurting me. In the end, we were laughing with the nurses, since they would let Ashley assist them by letting her draw all over my boobs with textas.
Even though I am still waiting for full clearance, I count myself to the lucky group of cancer survivors. For the future, I hope to see a world in which surviving cancer isn’t a matter of luck. Nobody should have to be lucky about being diagnosed on time or lucky about having a type of cancer for which effective treatments are available. It doesn’t have to be about luck. There are brilliant doctors and scientists out there that have the knowledge to put the missing pieces together and are working on countless theories on how to make cancer more detectable and treatable. The problem is that the funds available are simply not enough to conduct the research they need to in order to find solutions. By supporting this fundraiser, you will not only be supporting those who are currently fighting cancer, but you could possibly also be investing in your own health and that of acquaintances, friends or beloved ones. Cancer can effect anyone and being a survivor shouldn’t be a matter of luck.