Angela is 65 and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020. She shares her story when she’s still having treatment.
My cancer diagnosis
I was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram. I had already had bowel cancer in 2011.
When I was diagnosed
I was recalled after my first mammogram. I was shocked to find it was cancer as I hadn't felt anything. I had a biopsy and waited a week for the results. I was very anxious due to my previous bowel cancer diagnosis.
I am now taking letrozole for 5 years and having Herceptin for a year. I am also having 5 sessions of radiotherapy. I am anxious about the treatment due to the possible side effects. I haven’t had any side effects so far.
What helped me cope
My family and close friends are brilliant. I have a friend that has had breast cancer and she has helped me. I found the breast care nurses very helpful. The breast care nurses and oncology staff are always available for any concerns.
My thoughts and feelings
There was nothing I could’ve changed. I'm so pleased I went for my routine mammogram as I know some don't bother. I’d say always attend routine mammograms as they can save your life.