Jan

Jan

When Jan noticed a dent under her left breast in 2012, she was all too familiar with what that could mean. With four members of her family, including her mum and sister, being diagnosed with breast cancer, Jan knew what signs to look out for. But that didn’t mean it was any less devastated when she heard the news.

Jan

“Having lost both my mum and sister to breast cancer, I have always been very aware of the importance of checking my breasts. I was in between mammograms and I noticed a dent underneath my left breast. I went to the doctor straight away.”

The test results confirmed Jan’s fears. she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer and subsequently underwent a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery, followed by gruelling chemotherapy.

Jan

“One of the hardest parts was not knowing if the chemotherapy would be successful and that was really difficult. But once I got the first one under my belt, I was fine and knew what to expect with the next one. I kept positive.

“I’ve been through quite a lot. Breast cancer has been part of my life from a very early age, my mum was diagnosed when I was 13. I knew that this was going to happen to me in a strange kind of way.”

Jan’s friend Val was a huge support to her throughout her treatment, as she had been through so many other times in her life.

Jan

“We live quite far away from one another, so you could say we have a long-distance relationship. I had friends from home that would come to my chemotherapy appointments but I would often visit Val when I needed to take time out in between treatments. She always made sure that our time together was fun, and I believe that her friendship was invaluable for my recovery.”

Val

“I think our friendship helped Jan’s husband Ian too. He knew I would look after her and that she was in safe hands and he wouldn’t have to worry about her. Obviously, the partners go through it as well. So, he had a bit of time to himself too.”

Though she was familiar with what a breast cancer diagnosis can hold, having seen so much of her family go through it, she knows it was made easier with the help and friendship of her BosomBuddy Val.

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