I'm 24 years old and just over a month ago I was starting my final semester at university for my psychology degree with the dream to become a psychologist. I was at an exciting time where I was applying for postgraduate study options and had just been offered a place for 2020 when I found a lump in my breast.
A couple of weeks later was diagnosed with triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma and had to put my whole life on hold to start treatment immediately. I'm now recovering from a double mastectomy and going through fertility treatment, with the thought of chemo starting soon looming in the back of my mind. I know this is going to be the hardest year of my life and the worst is yet to come, but I already know that I'll get through it with the support of my friends and family.
I was so lucky that I found the cancer when I did, and I hope I can encourage other young women not to wait until their free mammograms at age 45. This year I’ll be doing the Pink Star Walk with support from a big group of my amazing friends.