I Have the Breast Cancer Gene. Finding the Positives in the BRCA-1 Mutation.

Receiving the results of my genetic testing was a confronting experience. In this post I talk about how I had fought to get my genes tested in the midst of chemo in order to make an informed decision regarding surgery. I also highlight the positives of being a breast cancer patient with the BRCA-1 mutation such as better prognosis and more treatment options.

Harness the Power of Facebook Groups to Help You Beat Cancer

I wish I’d known about Facebook groups. Getting diagnosed with breast cancer in my late 20s was extremely lonely. I had to miss out on big family events like my sister’s wedding overseas because I was in the middle of my chemo treatment and too scared to catch a flight because of risk of infection. So while my family was celebrating, I was busy stressing out about pumping up my veins so the nurses can easily insert the cannula on chemo day. While my friends were busily going about their day at work, I was stressing out whether feeling breathless was a sign that I had a blood clot in my lungs.It totally sucked.

9 Simple But Effective Ways to Maximise Chemotherapy While Minimising Side-Effects

In today’s post, I’m going to share with you the things I did during chemotherapy that allowed me to achieve a complete pathological response and how I also breezed through chemo with minimal side-effects. I also digged deeper into some of the studies looking at how to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy which you may wish to implement during your treatment.

What Causes Breast Cancer? The Risk & Real Factors You Need to Know

Most women think that getting breast cancer is bad luck. This is false and what's even worse is that oncologists are spreading this false statement simply because there is no universal cause of breast cancer. In this post I look at the current evidence on the risk factors in order to gain understanding, can better assess and minimise our own risk factors for breast cancer. If you have a family history or you're looking to reduce a recurrence then this is a must read article

5 Great Stories of Long Term Triple Negative Breast Cancer Survivors

For 7 years, knowing there were long term survivors for TNBC was one of the key things that kept me positive. It was the one fact that I could cling to that kept me going when things were tough. You see, when I got that diagnosis I knew it was serious. The emotions I felt during those first few weeks were the darkest I've ever felt in my life.A part of me believed it was a death sentence, but the survival part of me began searching for real-life proof that it wasn't so. Even though I'm a scientist by training, I didn't want statistics. I needed a more human kind of proof.

I Had These 5 Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer (Plus How I Avoided a Misdiagnosis)

Do you have these 5 signs and symptoms of breast cancer? I suffered these symptoms years before I could feel a lump and was diagnosed by my doctor. I was only 29 years old when I was diagnosed with no family history of breast cancer so this was such a scary thing for me. My doctor wasn't worried and dismissed it. In this post I want to share with you these signs and symptoms in the hope that I can save one woman's life by diagnosing at the early stages and not letting anyone ignore her concern.


Getting Back to Healthy Eating + Helpful Tips for the Busy Person

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, it was a huge wake up call for me to evaluate my lifestyle and made me aware of how unhealthy I was living. Because I was so scared that cancer would get the best of me, I was hugely motivated and changed my eating habits instantly. 

I would juice a few times a day, eat all the cruciferous vegetables, minimised my meat consumption and avoided dairy and sugar. It was easy peasy because at that point in my life, fear was driving me to eat healthy in a way I had never done before.

However, it’s now been six years from diagnosis. The anxiety and fear of a cancer recurrence has somewhat dissipated and frankly so has my motivation for healthy eating.

My life also looks different now. Busier. (Who's life isn't?).

I'm now focused on caring for my daughter. And it's hard work, taking up all my time and energy.

I've finally managed to get her to love broccoli.

Ok, I lie.

How I Handled Fear After My Cancer Diagnosis

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29, I feared for my life.

No one close to me had been affected by cancer so I thought getting diagnosed was a death sentence. Six years on, I know this is not true because I’m still alive and still NED, short for no evidence of disease.

But back then, when my doctor broke the news that the lump in my left breast was not benign but cancer, those first few nights terrorized me. I was petrified.