9 Letters from Kids to Their Cancer-Stricken Moms That Will Break Your Heart
About 10 years after Jenny died I met a new partner, Carolyn. We bought a house with a lovely garden, where I still live now. When Sarah called me up having found a lump on her breast, Carolyn herself had just been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. Carolyn had hormone positive cancer, and it appeared so suddenly.
There were no symptoms and you never would have thought that she was ill. She had a very good quality of life for just over a year, until her last three months when she had to have chemotherapy.
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She died when she was It was a huge shock when Sarah told me she had found a lump. But I knew from my experience from Jenny and Carolyn that an early diagnosis is extremely important. I went into protection mode, doing everything I could to take her to appointments and organise her scans. I tried to put Sarah at ease, telling her that a lump does not always mean it is breast cancer.
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In most cases, lumps are indeed benign. But because of her mum's history, I knew it was important to check as soon as possible. I had gone through it all before and knew that time was precious. Sarah was diagnosed with a rarer type, triple negative breast cancer.
Her treatment ended five years ago, and has shown that early diagnosis and treatment really helps. She was a model in Breast Cancer Care's fashion show in Wales in , and even gave a speech. We had no idea she was doing it! She invited her gran, her sisters and me to The Show.
I wish I'd had it right at hand when my mother was first diagnosed; as an eight-years-out daughter of a survivor, I certainly remember going through what the many daughters in this book described, and it would have been helpful to know that all of my responses were normal. Because this book was published in the s, much of the medical info This book has been sitting on my to-be-read shelf for a few years, because as a person who fits the audience at which this book is aimed, I was avoiding it.
Because this book was published in the s, much of the medical information is now inaccurate, though the psychological-emotional information rings true. This book could certainly be updated with current information and republished; there is much better news than it heralds, because many of the families described in these pages went through cancer in the s and 80s, and things are much different now.
It also predates the internet, where much support is available even if a live group is not in a family's area. Many of the issues around connecting with people going through the same thing have been solved by technology, at least in part. I would suspect that even libraries have weeded this out as being medically archaic, but if you're a daughter of a breast cancer survivor, it's worth looking at for the emotional component, and largely skipping over the incorrect medical information.
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