Neda

Age at diagnosis: 36
Family history of breast cancer: no
Stage 2, hormone positive

 

2008. What a year is was. Who would have thought it would take me through the toughest journey of my life? I was the happiest I could be as I just had my third child that year, when I self-discovered an unusual lump in my left breast. I didn’t think much of it as I thought it’s due to breastfeeding that my breasts were lumpy. One week after I felt it again and it was bigger in size. So as we do, I jumped onto the internet and searched to find out what it could be. At this stage I was worried so I went to see my GP, and she referred me to get tests done.

At the appointment to get my results, she didn’t have to say a word. Her facial expression said it all.

That’s all I remember. I didn’t know what to think or say, my whole body went numb. Luckily I had a friend with me that did all the talking and asking questions.

The hardest thing for me now is, how do I explain this to my husband, parents and my children Mara 4 yrs, Anton 3 yrs & Marko 6 months without breaking down. I have to be strong and positive for myself and for my family. I’m going to kick this cancer in the arse and become stronger than ever before because I have to.

November 2008, I had a lumpectomy of the left breast and then a week later an axillary clearance surgery, then on Jan 7 2009 I started my chemo treatment and after that radiotherapy followed by tamoxifen.

Being a part of this amazing project and making people aware that breast cancer or any type of cancer can happen to anyone of us. Age or gender, early detection is so vital.

I believe and hope that one day a cure will be available to safe many lives and so my daughter never has to fear this disease, God forbid.

“No matter how good or bad you think LIFE is, wake up each day and be thankful.”

Neda