A few days afterwards everything changed when my Mum told me that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer after finding a lump a few weeks earlier. When I heard those words, I didn’t know what to think. What’s going to happen to my Mum? Is she going to die?
That day was probably one of the hardest days I’ve ever had. For that day and the days after, I didn’t really know what was going to happen – it was all really a bit of blur. I am so lucky to have great friends and family around me though, who have supported me right from the outset and have been there for a chat when I’ve needed it. Things like this really show who your true friends are.
My Mum underwent a mastectomy and then was told she would need a course of chemotherapy. All pretty scary stuff, however I cannot say how proud I am of her, my Dad, two sisters and the rest of my family for being so strong through everything so far. The chemotherapy took its toll on Mum – yes it has made her very ill, and she has had some bad days but as with everything, you get through it, and my Mum has been such a great example of what a positive attitude can do.
During the early stages of her treatment, Mum found out about the day therapy that Longfield offer – she could go for a day a week to the hospice at Minchinhampton and take part in arts and crafts, and have different relaxation therapies. She has been going on Wednesdays throughout her treatment, and it has been fantastic for her to be able to focus on that rather than the chemotherapy treatment which has made her feel pretty rubbish. Before Mum started going to Longfield, I thought that hospices’ were a place for the end of life. Of course that is true, but they also support people with ‘life-limiting’ illnesses which include cancer, so they’ve given a way for Mum to live life through treatment which has been invaluable.
We are now through all of the chemotherapy treatment, however there’s still a long way to go. Mum still has to have 3 weekly injections and daily tablets (all of which have nasty side effects) as well as probably some more surgery, but the future is looking positive and life is very much continuing… Last week my Mum and sister took part in the Longfield 5km colour run! What a legend!
If you feel that you could donate a few pounds to Longfield and support me whilst doing the half marathon I would be hugely grateful. They do fantastic work and I’m so glad that they have been there for Mum when she needed them to be!