2007 was the year I first felt a lump in my breast, which was dismissed by a GP as “just a cyst”. 2008 came around and I could still feel the lump, which actually felt like it had grown. This time I saw a different GP who sent me for the appropriate tests, which would lead to a breast cancer diagnosis. I had a 6cm grade 3 a tumour in my right breast and DCIS in the left. I was 34 at the time and a year into a relationship and was having to make decisions about treatment plans and fertility, things that weren’t on my radar, at all.
A bilateral mastectomy, chemo, radiation, Herceptin, and bilateral reconstruction were my focus for a few years, and I’m now into my 6th year of being on Tamoxifen, which I can’t wait to complete! This year will be my 10 year anniversary of “chucking a big sickie” and looking back I can see how far I’ve come. There were some very dark, sad days which I was able to overcome with the support of my husband, family, friends, employer, and resources that I received from BCNA. My, My Journey Kit was my go-to guide. I also had a baby 4 years ago which was the light at the end of a long tunnel.
When I received the email about the Tassie Trek I was intrigued and started looking into what was involved. The trek element appealed to me being able to physically challenge myself, and the fundraising component allowed me to do something for people who receive a breast cancer diagnosis, plus I love Tasmania and wanted to see more of it. I had raised money in the past when I ran a small business and this was an opportunity to get involved again. I met a group of fun, wonderful women on the Tassie Trek, and I felt immensely proud to learn that we had collectively raised $59,091. The trek was amazing, challenging, and very rewarding on so many levels.