Natalie

Natalie

Natalie’s diagnosis came just three days before her 25th birthday. She was stunned. She thought she was too young to be affected by the disease, had no family history, and had no idea how she would explain her diagnosis to her three little boys.

Natalie felt overwhelmed as she explored her treatment options with her clinician. After researching and deliberating over it for some time, she decided to undergo a mastectomy with reconstruction and have her lymph nodes removed. This was particularly anxiety inducing for her, as this was going to be the first operation she had ever had.

Natalie

“After being diagnosed with breast cancer, my world turned upside down. I found the mastectomy to be particularly difficult as I felt it affected my femininity – it took a while to accept the change to my body and love myself all over again.

“However, the most difficult part of my diagnosis was telling my family – especially my mum, Sue. It was bad enough receiving the diagnosis, but having to repeat the words back to my mum and other close family, and physically say the words ‘I have breast cancer’ was so tough.”

Natalie, who has three sons – a six-year-old, and four-year-old twins, felt that she didn’t have a choice but to be strong for her fiancé and young family. She had always been close to her mother Sue, but feels like they’ve been so much closer since her diagnosis.

Natalie

“No matter how old you are, you always need your mum. She was always there for a chat or a cuddle – and I could count on her for a laugh, because if I didn’t laugh, I’d probably cry. She was and will always be a big part of my life, no matter how old I get.”

Sue, aged 67

“I was absolutely gutted to think my little girl was going to have such radical surgery and was going to have to live through it, but I told her to think of her boys.

“I encouraged her to speak about how she was feeling, physically and mentally. I didn’t want her to shut it all in because I didn’t want her to end up in a dark place. For us, the more spoke about breast cancer, the easier it was to get through it.”

Natalie is currently not on treatment, but attends scans and mammograms for her other breast, every six months. She feels so lucky to have a mum that loves and supports her through such a hard time. It’s really brought their relationship from mother and daughter to being true #BosomBuddies.

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