Questioning your life expectancy at the age of 25 is nothing something I ever thought I would have to do but I did. With no history of cancer in my family, I was always encouraged to “check my breasts” so, at least once a month, it’s something that I made a habit of.
I was fortunate enough to find my cancer early, but it wasn’t without putting up a fight. My local GP told me I had nothing to worry about and Breast Screening Australia couldn’t help due to my age.
It wasn’t until I noticed significant changes in my breast (redness, itchiness, swelling, lump got bigger and harder, discharge from nipple) where I thought it was best I go to hospital, I was diagnosed with Microinvasive DCIS where I was told my tumour was aggressive and fast growing. From 3rd Jan, 2017 until now has been a whirlwind of surgeries, treatments, menopause, infections, IVF and mental and emotional challenges.
So Brave is a charity I really wanted to get involved with, especially since meeting Rachelle and being told what So Brave stands for. Being a Young Women’s with Breast Cancer Charity and through my personal self-advocating experience, I figured it is a great initiative that I want to be a part of.
Being given the role as a So Brave 2019 Model Ambassador means that I can continue sharing my story in hopes to inspire young women that through all the changes and treatments we learn to survive!
Please help me by donating to my fundraising page to raise funds for So Brave. I hope to see you at my events that I am running this year and thank you so much for supporting So Brave!