Having been diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago at the age of 33, I know the important role of Breast Cancer Ireland, and the incredible work they are doing in raising funds to advance Breast Cancer research.
While ongoing awareness amongst all age groups is essential, without the ongoing research that is conducted through Breast Cancer Ireland & The Royal College of Surgeons, people like me, wouldn’t have the opportunity to talk about their experience- having successfully come through this journey.
With no family history, at 33, I didn’t tick any of the boxes you normally associate with this disease. Because I acted immediately on finding a lump, I am now happy to share my story, in the hope that it will help woman of all ages to become more vigilant in doing regular breast checks – Knowing what is normal for them. Check out the Self Breast Exam Video on the website if you are not sure how to conduct a breast self exam yourself. Should you notice anything, even the smallest change, ACT immediately, by going to your GP to have it checked out.
Following a full mastectomy and diep flap reconstruction, 3 years on and I am doing great and really enjoying the important things in life in the company of my husband Paul and our 4 year old daughter, Emelie.
Nicola Turley, 36.