Sue’s journey

I have always been a firm advocate for checks for women’s health and dutifully went for smears and mammograms as and when called.

In September 2022, I got called for my routine mammogram which I very nearly re-arranged as it was in the middle of the day and massively inconvenient. On top of that I wasn’t worried because I firmly believed that cancer wouldn’t happen to me… right? Wrong!!

I’m so glad I didn’t re-arrange, as in October 2022 I was diagnosed with HER2 positive breast cancer following that routine mammogram. Unfortunately, it had spread to my lymph nodes which meant that I needed a course of chemotherapy, a full mastectomy, followed by a round of radiotherapy.

This was a massive shock to my husband and I and it was a lot to take in. We worried about the impact on family and friends, particularly our young son and the impact this would have on him. We needn’t have worried; everyone has been amazing.

Treatment is now underway, and I have tried to remain positive throughout this journey. In part, this is due to the love and support I have received from friends and family, and my own mental attitude. Having treatment was never in question and I doubt I would have remained so positive without the support of everyone around me.

The Breast Care team at UHNM have been amazing every step of the way and I am so pleased to be able to support this fabulous team to help more men and women who find themselves on this rollercoaster, with no option to get off until it stops!

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