Hello there, and thanks to you all for keeping me in touch with your lives over the last few weeks or so, it's been lovely to read about how you've been getting on.
I can't quite believe we're in February already as so much has happened over the last month, and I'm not quite sure where to begin, but as Julie Andrews once sang, the very beginning is probably best…
On the 4th January this year I went for my six month check up at the breast clinic. It was really a safety check as my poor mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer around that time, and had to have a mastectomy at the beginning of September… you may remember me writing to say she was poorly. I'm delighted to say that she has made an amazing recovery and has been incredibly brave and positive throughout, but then she has been with every challenge she's faced in her life :)
Following my appointment, I too was diagnosed with breast cancer and it was decided that I should have treatment during the course of the year. I had an operation last Wednesday – Jack's 18th birthday unfortunately – but we did all manage to go out and celebrate the night before.
In spite of us all feeling a little shaky, it was wonderful to be together and for me to see my boy step over the line into adulthood… hard to believe as he's always been my baby, but wonderful all the same
I came home from hospital on Monday, and am back in my little cottage with the rabbits hopping about in the fields and the spring bulbs pushing their way through in the garden. Some days are better than others, but in all honesty, my overwhelming feeling is one of relief, that I am ok, and I am getting better.
Obviously my lovely colleagues here at work had to know and have been amazing, and I’ve had constant support from my family and friends.
I know I have a long road ahead of me, but so much to look forward to – particularly Lucy's wedding in October – and that is so worth getting better for. Sam has more surgery next week to help him walk more comfortably, and he has Ruth with him who’s a saint, so I know he'll be fine.
Last thing I want any of you to do is to worry, as I am being VERY well looked after, and I will see you all again at some point in the future. The good news is the eyebrows by then will be well and truly faded!
My work with Breast Cancer Care through QVC has made me more aware. I have to be honest though and say that my invitation via the NHS around my 50th birthday to go and have a screening is the reason that I went. Far better to get checked out than leave something to chance… please…
My love to you all – please join me on the Breast Cancer Care forum where I will keep you updated from now on.