I kinda routinely did a breast check, and have been having consistent mammograms since early 30's as my Mum had breast cancer. I always try to be a positive person and proud that I am 46 and not taking any medication. I recall the moment I noticed a lump because I just put my hand straight on it and felt a bit painful. I assumed it was just a cyst again and having shifted 8 times in the last 7 years knew I was about 6 months late for a mammogram. When I was asked by my GP to go for a core tissue sample I felt a little concerned, but never thought it would be a problem. The results day I nearly told my husband not to come with me because I was sure it was alright and why should he miss out on work. As I introduced him to my doctor the response from the doctor instantly confirmed I was in big trouble here. Being told you have breast cancer I had two thoughts that followed. Oh my God and I knew one day Id have my turn, its in my family. As we stood outside the doctors surgery I looked at my husband and said "What are we going to do now, we are supposed to be going to work?".
We have just taken that "Leap of Faith", as we named the decision to move to Launceston in Tasmania. After only being here for 6 months, the 2 of us now settled into our jobs and I have just begun a Traineeship as a Pharmacy Assistant. We dont have family here and the 2 couples we know have their own lives, and I can honestly say I feel we are totally on our own with this. We live at Swan Bay, 25 minutes out of Launceston, so its beautiful and tranquil, perfect for walks, but secluded.
I have just been into hospital to have the lump removed and several nodes, and now await the verdict of whats next.