Niki Tomlinson

In May 2016 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Having watched my Mum lose her fight with this disease when I was aged 12, this was the news that I had always dreaded receiving. Having to tell my daughter about my illness was the worst thing I have ever had to do.
When you are given this news it can feel like you are about to get on the biggest rollercoaster with no way off.
When I walked into the Breast Cancer Haven a few weeks after diagnosis, it felt like someone had pressed the pause button. I was finally able to breathe, to think, to discuss my concerns and decide what I wanted to do.
Once I decided that I was going to go ahead with treatment, I received further support to help me deal with the stress and anxiety of this overwhelming situation, and tips and techniques to help me stay calm during treatment.
Anyone who know me will know that being on a stage, or being the centre of attention, is not something I would ever volunteer to do. However, this is such a good cause that I am determined to face my insecurities and fears to enable other people in my situation to have access to the support that they need.

Niki Tomlinson