All posts tagged: Breast Cancer Awareness

Mindset… a Powerful Tool

Mindset definition: the established set of attitudes held by someone. Today I had my breast MRI and I will start by saying… I am really proud of myself (insert huge smiley face)! Scans after a cancer diagnosis – sadly become part of your life. Whether you like it or not, you will continue to be monitored, checked and scanned through a variety of medical interventions. Back in June, my scans showed changes – these were followed up with biopsies, which was not a pleasant time in our life, however, we received AMAZING benign results and an action to do a follow up scan in six months instead of twelve. The reason for my blog, is not really to tell you the ins and outs of scans etc. but instead to discuss the psychology of going through these motions; and behaviours and feelings in which arise on these occasions. Why am I proud of myself, you ask? Is it: Because I got through the one hour long scan with both my hands above my head and …

That’s A Wrap

Woweeee…. What a month and what an experience to write specifically about my life before, during and after breast cancer. It certainly took me back in time that’s for sure and that in itself wasn’t always easy. Every time I completed an article I would find myself with mixed emotions… Pure joy… in celebrating how far I have come physically and mentally. Fear… because talking about it, refreshed the question of what if I suffer a recurrence? Gratitude… for the fact my words reached and touched so many people, I was incredibly moved by the kind, honest and grateful feedback I received. Anxiety… both from a little pressure on myself to write well and often, but mostly the emotions being felt all over again, leaving you with that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. When I wrote, my memories were felt vividly. Bravery… I respect myself so much more having reflected on what I went through and bravery in the fact that I shared really personal aspects of my life for the world to …

Go Easy on Yourself.

I’m back after two days of ‘missing in action’… though I was not short of action with plenty to be done, places to attend, business to sort and a never ending list of things to organise. With that being said, you can understand why my words needed to be put on hold whilst I was living life… And so, I granted myself a reprieve to get through a couple of busy days. Let’s do a little re-cap and make up for day twenty-six, twenty-seven and the fabulous, ‘sunshiny’ day twenty-eight… If you do nothing else but scroll to the bottom and read the section in Pink… then you will gain the key message from this particular blog. Sending smiles and sunshine for your weekend ahead.  Also – my garden is blooming, I just LOVE this time of year. In my shoes for a few spring days… I then went on to write precisely 492 words below, which I have omitted, because I didn’t think anyone would really need to know, nor would be interested in my movements over the past three days…. …

Time Out

Sometimes you need to know when to take a break… Today is that time for me. This week I have been very busy with Ellie’s (my daughter) crohns disease flaring up, toing and froing from tests and liaising with her doctors to whether her treatment would proceed this week due to infection etc. Today I didn’t have time to place the finishing touches on a blog. I was busy with the kids all day and then chose to take them to afternoon tea instead of rushing home to study, prep dinner and polish a blog. It got to after dinner and I thought SH*T I nearly forgot to blog. My remaining topics were too much to punch out prior to bed. So… here I am typing in bed, very ready to fall asleep and recognising in myself that sometimes you just need to take a break. We all lead such busy lives these days, squashing in so many events and extra curricular activities, running our children around, organising and adhering to medical schedules that we …

One Life – The Blog in the Media

The month of October is breast cancer awareness month across all fundraising organisations such as the Cancer Council, Jane McGrath, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Pink Hope and the list goes on. In particular, the Cancer Council host pink ribbon day each year and the Riverina celebrated this day on Friday of last week. Nationally, pink ribbon day is tomorrow (24 October). Last week I was both surprised and honoured, in being asked to comment on two media avenues. Firstly the beautiful Nicole Barlow approached me to do a personal story in light of pink ribbon day, she wrote a lovely piece in the Daily Advertiser and I felt extremely appreciative of the fact they found my blog beneficial in awareness, hence promoting it to other woman in the Riverina. I first met Nicole over twelve months ago when I was an ambassador for the Biggest Morning tea (see story here).   I felt extremely happy when Nicole and I were talking and reflecting on my life and what I’ve been up to since we chatted …

It’s NO Pink Ribbon

Do you know what metastatic disease is? It’s secondary cancer. Do you know what secondary cancer is? I’ve titled this ‘It’s no Pink Ribbon’ for a reason: ONE… Because fighting cancer is no easy feat, it’s NOT pink and it’s NOT pretty. However, once you get beyond your battle, you can warm to the pink in terms of awareness and the money it generates for research, funding for breast care nurses etc. The pink ribbon movement is a very well recognised funding and awareness association (there are several ‘pink’ charities and organisations). The ‘Pink’ has almost made breast cancer seem “OK”?! It’s nearly created a naïve thought process that EVERYONE survives breast cancer… this is simply not true. AND TWO… Because anyone with metastatic disease is facing “NO CURE” (imagine suffering from a cancer with no hope for a cure – just biding time, treading water, hoping and praying that a medical advancement will come through in time.   Metastatic breast cancer, or secondary cancer – also known as advanced breast cancer, secondary tumours, ‘secondaries’ …