I am 44 years old, I have 15-year-old twin boys, and my partner has a 14-year-old son and a 19-year-old daughter who also live with us.
I was first diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 32, then again in 2012 and most recently last year in May 2018.
The first time around I had a lumpectomy and lymph node clearance, followed by 6 weeks of radiotherapy.
In 2012, just short of my 5 years clear, I was diagnosed again, the same breast. At this point, it was recommended to me to have a mastectomy, I decided to have a double with immediate reconstruction. At this point, I also underwent genetic testing and fortunately, this came back negative.
I was put on Zoladex injections and tamoxifen. I experienced terrible side effects from these and after 3 years opted to stop my treatment, my quality of life was suffering and I really had had enough.
What I didn't expect to happen was being re-diagnosed after having had a double mastectomy! I underwent a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. I am back on hormone treatments, Zoladex injections and Effexor but later in the year will have my ovaries out... it's either that or monthly injections for the next 16 years!
I am so very grateful that on each occasion it has been caught early and I have not had to have chemo.
I have tried not to let this stop me from achieving anything in my life so during my journey I found triathlon and this has truly been my saviour! I have completed 10 half ironmans and 3 full Ironman (which consists of a 3.8km swim, 180km ride followed by a 42km run). My last Ironman was in December last year where my friend and I raised money for the McGrath Foundation.