“When I was 33 weeks pregnant, I noticed a swelling in my armpit and asked the midwife about it. With my family history of breast cancer, the doctors took no precautions. After some investigating they confirmed it unfortunately was cancer”.

“It was hard to hear that I had breast cancer, but I was adamant that I would stay focussed on Zosia. I wanted the birth to go well and to have a happy, healthy baby. I also refused to begin treatment until Zosia was born”.

“It was decided that I would be induced a few weeks early to give me a head start with breast cancer treatment. However Zosia was born naturally, 5 weeks early. She must have known it was time to come out so that her Mummy could start getting better. The birth was a complete success”.

“The first few weeks of being a mother was a whirlwind. It was a scary time, but I just got on with things. There wasn’t anything else I could do”.

My family rallied around me and were a terrific support network and I begin breast cancer treatment and motherhood simultaneously. It feels like it was both a good and bad experience for breast cancer and motherhood to happen at the same time. Breast cancer is an awful thing to experience, chemotherapy being a particularly uncomfortable and demanding period. But in a way, I was so wrapped up in being a mum, I hadn’t the time to worry about myself. Zosia gave me a reason to get up every day. Her beautiful smiley face just lights me up”.

“Not long after diagnosis, a friend told me about Breast Cancer Haven. My head was a bit of a mess when chemotherapy began so I was delighted and relieved to discover a place that was so perfectly tailored to my needs. To make things even better, it was sitting right on my doorstep in Leeds City centre”.

 “Breast Cancer Haven was somewhere I could go and just completely relax. Even if I popped in to have a cup of tea and a chat with somebody, it was so useful being surrounded by people that knew about what I was experiencing. Some days, my mum came along to the centre with me and Zosia whilst I was doing my therapies. She got to know everybody at the centre too. Despite what I was going through, it was always such a happy occasion when I visited Breast Cancer Haven”.

 “I’ve now taken a step back and realised the scale of what has happened. I’ve always been strong, but motherhood and breast cancer together was a colossal undertaking. My friends have been in awe of how positive I’ve been, especially since attending Breast Cancer Haven. I’m very grateful for everything they’ve done for me”.

 

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