A year has passed since my operations, my chemotherapy and radiation, and my hair is growing back. I am a lucky person, although a Triple Negative BC member, who still gets her portal flushed every 6 weeks, I have survived so far. I had a year off work, and I had the time to think, a time to assess, and bond with family, make beautiful new friends, and time to appreciate a brand new place I call home. I was lucky because I found out I had BC after just moving to Launceston, and found that they had just built a brand new Cancer Council full of great staff and volunteers, and all of my surgeons and Doctors did the right thing, and "fixed me". I was lucky because it brought my husband closer to me, and for the first time he had some counselling. I was lucky because my brother paid for me to fly to S.A. to see my family and we rebonded after not having much to do with each other for years.
I was lucky because I got to go on lots of walks, and see lots of birds and wild life.
The year I had BC I discovered after only 5 months at working for the Pharmacy that my employer and the staff would be supportive and wait for me to come back. I also am lucky because I am settling back into my 20 hours of work per week.
My parents flew here and nursed me for 2 months, whilst my husband continued to earn the money.
I was lucky, because we just had enough money to get through.
The support from my Breast Care Nurse, Susan Schwabe was remarkable, and the compassion from Di Green my Chemo nurse -just wonderful.
The staff from Launceston General Hospital in the Radiation Ward hillarious, friendly and kind.
I met the fabulous Burnie Bus crew who made Radiation fun. I was lucky to have had a free day at a Beauty Spa, and also loved the Look Good Feel Good Day............etc
I hope Im that lucky from now on.......
This Christmas, I am Cancer Free