…February 2009 – found a small lump under my left armpit. Didn’t think anything of it as I’d had a similar lump in the right armpit in 2004, had it investigated and it turned out to be a fatty lump – it went as quickly as it had arrived.
…12 May 2009 – posted on Facebook that I have ‘one tit bigger than the other’ as Vicky Pollard would say. I was starting to wonder if there was a problemo as my left boob seemed firmer than normal.
…15 June 2009 – went to see the lovely Dr Sakhrani at the Wessex Road practice in Lower Parkstone. She told me there and then that it was something to be worried about. “I’ll be the first at your party if it’s not, but I’m pretty sure it’s cancer”. She was just fabulous. Factual with a bit of humour thrown in.
…19 June 2009 – first (of many, I’m sure!) visits to Poole Hospital. The Ladybird Ward. Saw Miss Mellor. Another lovely lady. An examination, followed by a mammogram and some biopsies. She told me that they have to follow the process but again, she confirmed it’s cancer. Inflammatory Breast Cancer. I will need 4 months of chemo. My hair will fall out (I cried at that bit) and then I’ll have a mastectomy. AND I forgot my parents anniversary again. Bums.