I was diagnosed with breast cancer soon after I retired in 2009. I had a mastectomy of the left breast. Pathology results after the operation showed a small lump. Positive cancer cells had invaded the lymph nodes.
I had a second operation to remove 26 lymph nodes and decided to have my right breast removed.
I have a strong family history of breast cancer. My sister and mother are both survivers of the disease.
I had chemotherapy and radiotheropy treatment.
I have three daughters so I also had tests to determine if I carried the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. Luckily I don't but my family has a higher than normal risk of contracting breast cancer.
I have recently had reconstruction surgery. I had a Free Tram Flap operation which is quite complex and takes a while to recover from. The operation was very successful and I am very happy with the results.
I am now free of cancer with new breasts and feel back to my old self, healthy and happy.
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