My name is Tamara. I'm a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin, a granddaughter, an aunty, a friend, a fiance and also a Mum to two beautiful boys.
I want to raise awareness that Breast Cancer does not discriminate... Any woman of any age can be affected.
I'm 33 and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer when I was 37 weeks pregnant with my second wee babe.
It was a whirlwind end to a pregnancy after finding the lump in the shower over Easter weekend during lockdown. What followed was probably the most intense couple of weeks of my life ... Ultrasounds and biopsies on my own as we were in Level 4. Then hearing those words you don't ever expect to hear "I'm sorry but it's not good news.. it's Cancer."
Then trying to absorb and process this huge curveball life had thrown us; all while trying to keep a toddler entertained at home 24/7 whilst heavily pregnant!! Thanks Covid hahaha!!
Anyway I like to approach life with a glass half full kind of attitude and so you know you just get on with it right. Only one way to get to the other side of all this treatment and that's to just crack on with things.
I started chemo when Zac was two weeks old and now only have 3 rounds to go.
I have been so incredibly well supported by amazing friends and family. I also feel very lucky and grateful for all the amazing services and research and support provided by the Breast Cancer Foundation so I want to be able to support and give back however I can. I mostly want to really raise awareness of Breast Cancer and promote the importance of doing regular self checks in younger women. Unfortunately it won't stop you getting it but it will most definitely be the difference between a good prognosis and very very poor one.
I'm walking the Pink Ribbon Walk this year with lots of my amazing support crew alongside me including my two wee boys.