I was diagnosed in May 2017 with Stage 3 breast cancer. Aged 24. I didn’t want pity either. I didn’t want people to worry. I hated people telling me what I should be doing, or eating to get better. Disobey shirt I just wanted to get on with life. Keep some sense of normality going. I had a Boob Voyage party before my mastectomy. And another to celebrate finally finishing. With lots of funny puns and laughter. Of course I had, and still do have the odd bad day.
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My aunt passed from lung cancer. I hid a lot of my feelings and never really spoke of it with her. I just kept on going on as if it wasn’t happening. Not because I didn’t care, I didn’t want her to see the real fear that was going through my mind. I felt like I had been completely selfish. It’s taken a long time to forgive myself for not talking about it with her. In another sense, I know how much she hated questions and been asked if she was okay. I just never knew what to say, really.