I Survived, What Now?

Updated: Jan 26

Photos by @AmeliaAllen

31 women die from breast cancer in the UK every day, but for every death, two women survive.

I am one of those two women.

It’s assumed that your life is all peaches and cream because you survived breast cancer; that immediately your life is as sweet as a cherry on a delicious ice cream sundae.

But it’s a wrong assumption.

For some of us it isn’t so easy to skip merrily back into normality when the normal you knew before cancer no longer exists.

A few months after my breast cancer treatment ended I fell into a very deep pit of despair. This made me feel so guilty, and ungrateful, because I had survived cancer when so many women were not at lucky as me.

That guilt and shame forced me to keep my mouth shut and suffer in silence, and the pain got so unbearable that I tried to take my own life…even after surviving the horrific ordeal of cancer.

It took three long years of soul searching to find my way out of that black hole. I had to learn to quite literally love the hell out of myself, and now I am the happiest I have ever been in my whole entire life.

And that’s why I’m here.

I don’t want my fellow survivors to hit that same rock bottom that I did post breast cancer treatment.

I’m going to share all the tools, tips and wisdom I have learnt along my way.

I’m going to show you how you too can love the hell out of yourself.

I’m going to help survivors fall in love with their new ‘normal’ post breast cancer treatment, and to truly let go of the person they used to be.

So please sign up to be a cancer conqueror, become part of the tribe and leave the cancer behind you.

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