A message to all mums

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This morning I was talking to a young mum of three whose courage and spirit takes my breath away.

One day in March she was in the bath when she suddenly found a lump in her breast. She ignored it for a few days, then realised it wasn't going anywhere and made an appointment to see her GP, who quickly referred her to hospital. Two more lumps were found, and within a week she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer. The outlook was bleak. On the morning of her mastectomy she kissed her three children (aged 10, eight and two) and her husband goodbye and tried not to let them see the tears in her eyes. 'I kept thinking – what if it's the last time I see them?' she told me.

Fortunately, just seven months after the operation and six bouts of chemo, Julie, 35, is doing 'fabulously'. She is convinced that what got her through was the incredibly speedy response of the  NHS, her positive attitude – and the fact she found that lump in the first place. As you probably know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – when you have five minutes to spare, please take the time to click here and make sure you know what you're looking for.

written by Liz Jarvis

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8 Responses to A message to all mums

  1. TheMadHouse says:

    I so so so agree with this. You can find my story here http://bahtocancer.blogspot.com/2009/10/guest-blogger-mummymad.html

  2. jules says:

    This is the stuff of nightmares – but as this courageous lady shows, that nightmare can have a happy outcome as long as you act STRAIGHT AWAY. Wishing Julie all the very best for the future…and all strength to those who keep this cruel disease in the news – its the only way we will all sit up and take notice xxx

  3. Sarah says:

    My mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer ten years ago, and had a masectomy. She has nothing but praise for her doctors, the consultants and the hospital. Her own mother had died of the disease so it was a terrifying time but thank goodness for medical advancement and breast awareness. It IS saving lives.

  4. Natalie says:

    Thanks for sharing and the reminder. The boyf’s cousin had to have a double masectomy at 29. She doesn’t have children but as you can imagine it has changed her life. Her strength is something else… We must be vigilant to protect ourselves.

  5. Sam says:

    This dreadful disease can wreak such havoc on people’s lives, it’s essential that we are continually reminded to look out for ourselves. The results are clear – it can be beaten if we are that much more aware and ACT FAST – don’t bury you’re head in your pillow. I always think of the beautiful Kylie Minogue when I read about breast cancer awareness – as Sarah says it truly IS saving lives…

  6. Nicola says:

    Yet another example of why it’s important that we don’t dismiss any lumps and bumps and get ourselves checked out as soon as possible – it helps saves lives! Thanks for the link reminding us what to look out for.

  7. sharon says:

    I think it is lovely to hear good stories about women getting past Cancer and having a renewed future – most especially when there are young children too. It makes me think of my dear friend Sharon – who desperately fought to stay positive when diagnosed with Breast Cancer and endured the treatment that seemed to go on and on – and who tragially died 8 years ago at only 35. Checking yourself for lumps and following up when you suspect ANYTHING is the besy way to live through this disease so any awareness campaigning does save lives.

  8. Bev says:

    Best wishes to Julie, and stay strong. A reminder of what to look for is always a good thing. My biggest fear is not being around to see my children grow up and not being able to be here for them. To all those affected by cancer in any way, may you have the strenghth you need to get through it x

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