In June 2011, I noticed the rash, however it took me months before I had it checked out. When my son got sick in October, I took him to the doctor. As I was paying €50 for an appointment, my mentality was might as well get two seen for the price of one. I showed the doctor the rash and she sent a letter to the breast care unit in Limerick to get it checked out. She wasn’t concerned, so I wasn’t either. I never thought for one minute that this could be breast cancer. I had no weight loss, no tiredness – I was fit, healthy and well, enjoying my cycling and training for different events.
I received the appointment in the post for my mammogram and was subsequently told I had breast cancer on the 9 th of March 2012, ten months after I had first noticed the rash. I went through treatment; surgery & radiotherapy. It was a tough time, but I’m incredibly grateful that I’m now ten years cancer free. I am now a member of the Breast Cancer Ireland family and working as one of their outreach coordinators in the Munster area. I love my job and I want to give this very important message to all.