Beating Breast Cancer

21st October 2016

Beating Breast Cancer

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lesley shares her Breast Cancer story with us. According to Cancer Research UK, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer during their lifetimes.

"My experience with Breast Cancer was 15 years ago. I was on holiday when I felt a hard pea size lump at the side of my breast. A local test didn’t come to any conclusion and I put it aside!

Two months later I realised the lump was bigger and after a visit to my own doctor at home I was sent to the hospital for more tests. I went to the hospital by myself as I didn’t expect I would be getting bad news. After being tested the doctor asked me if anyone was with me and I knew immediately the news was going to be bad. I was shocked because I didn’t think I had breast cancer.

The treatment involved surgery that left me very uncomfortable and feeling weak. About a month after the surgery the chemotherapy started. Again I was surprised, this time with the intense sick feeling I had and I found I was stuck to the bed for 10 days after each treatment. My shoulder length hair falling out caused me not to look in the mirror and as the treatment continued I got weaker and weaker."

"God gave me a peace that removed any fear of dying.

I felt sad thinking of what my family would have to go through if I passed away but I was very aware of God’s presence with me and I was looking forward to being with Him in eternity.

The ‘after life’ became something I found myself more aware of. Most people don’t like to think about the fact that we WILL die, or think about WHERE we are going?

But life here is about preparing for, and waiting for, eternity. I’ve been a believer in God for most of my life and I’ve enjoyed Christian fellowship."

"What I learned through the whole experience was the realisation that I wasn’t the only one in this world to physically suffer. The world we live in isn’t perfect. Going through the whole experience caused me to be more aware of what many others have to go through. I learnt to be sensitive and supportive towards others in similar circumstances and have an appreciation of their feelings."

R Jaura