I got the results of the operation 2 weeks after the operation in September, 2011. Even though there was nothing surprising, it was still strange having everything confirmed. I had three tumors, each measuring 1.5mm, 7mm and 4 mm. They were tiny, but there. I had 8 cm of DCIS. The medical term for my cancer was T1, No, Mx, Stage 1, Grade 3. And I was Triple Positive for Oestrogen, Progesterone and Her 2.
While all of this might sound very technical, you quickly learn what it all means! And basically, it meant that I needed 6 months of Chemotherapy, 12 months of Herceptin and 6 weeks of Radiotherapy. Followed by 5 years of Tamoxfin.
Sitting here now on Wednesday 31st May, 2012, I have finished my chemo. Yes, it was tough going, but I did it and I'm out the other side. I am nearly finished the radiotherapy and to be totally honest, life is good. In fact, I truely believe that it is even better that it was this time last year, before I was diagnosed. I have seen people at their worst in the chemo ward, and I have seen the unbelievable kindness and genuine love of family, friends and the whole community. The whole experience has brought more positives than negatives.
Life is better after a cancer diagnosis. You appreciate the smallest things. It humbles you. It makes you appreciate people. We truely do not know how lucky we are. I am just so happy to be alive right now! :-) x
A photo of with with Professor Paul Redmond on the left and Hairdresser Kevin Ryan on the right at a breast cancer charity fundraiser in the Marybouragh Hotel, Cork on Sunday20th May, 2012 which was organised by the Transition Year Students of Mount Mercy School, Cork. I was a guest speaker to over 320 people and it was a superb event!