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Are you sitting comfortably?

After a cancer diagnosis, dates take on new meanings. We call them ‘cancerversaries’. The day you were diagnosed. The day you finish chemo. The day you finish radiotherapy. My first cancerversary was 24 July, 2015, when at the age of 40, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.

I now have another one to add to the list - 23rd May 2018. The day I found out my breast cancer had come back.

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Here we go again

The ten days I spent waiting for my operation were even harder than the first time around, back in December 2015. Not only did I have to deal with the fact that my cancer had come back and everything that might entail, but I also had to prepare myself for going flat.
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Another new normal

The two weeks I spent waiting to get my results remind me of the opening of ‘The Tale of Two Cities’ – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…. Let me explain.
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Double or quits

Last time I told you that although my recurrence had been completely removed, the deep margin was positive. This means there may be cancer cells left on my chest wall. There was no more tissue for my surgeon to remove, which means that the chance of me getting another local recurrence in the same area is high. And that could mean serious surgery, such as removing part of my rib cage – not high on my list of priorities, let me tell you.
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