PUBLISHED ON: 15 April 2019

Petrina found out she had breast cancer in October 2013. She has since been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. Last year, she modelled in The Show London.

Petrina with her husband on their wedding day

My diagnosis came in October 2013. I went to see my GP after finding a dent in my left breast. 

I couldn’t believe it. I was fit and well, and there was no family history of breast cancer. I was trapped in a horrid bubble. Any plans for the future seemed unreachable.

The hardest thing was telling my parents. My dad was already dealing with skin cancer. I felt awful. I was supposed to be looking after them, not the other way around.

I had surgery almost straight away to remove the tumours. Then came several months of chemotherapy, finished off with radiotherapy. The side effects were a bit grim. Surgery left me scarred, bruised and with a very wonky bust! I lost my hair, my nails, I felt sick all the time and I hurt all over.

I’d like not to have wonky boobs, scars or radiotherapy-aged skin, but I’ve accepted them. The love and support of my husband Stuart has kept me going through it all. I’m moving forward, even though breast cancer is still with me.

I’d read about The Show for a few years but never plucked up the courage to apply. Last year I decided to go for it, it’s my mantra these days! I wanted to show that having secondary breast cancer is challenging, but it can be full of positivity. 

Breast Cancer Care is a charity very close to my heart. I was so proud to follow in the footsteps of previous models.

Join us and 32 inspirational models at The Show London as they step out in style onto the catwalk after a breast cancer diagnosis. Raise vital funds to help us be there for people with breast cancer. Book your tickets today.

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