Lucy was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 25. She told us how it came about, where she is now and why doing a Pink Ribbon Walk was important to her.
How did you spot the signs of breast cancer?
During the height of the pandemic, I found a rash under my armpit. A GP prescribed some cream for it and sent me away. A couple of weeks later, I felt a small lump in my right breast. I automatically had a gut feeling that something was wrong. I reported it again to my GP and this time they fast tracked an appointment for me. The following week, I had my mammogram, and after a few appointments, a doctor diagnosed me with Grade 3 Her2+ breast cancer.
How did you react to your diagnosis?
I was 25, heartbroken and scared. I didn’t know what my future would look like. I went home and everyone was crying and asking me questions I didn’t know the answers to.
The hospital sent me what seemed like thousands of appointments, but I was glad things were moving quickly.
What did your treatment plan look like?
I went through IVF before anything else because I was told my chemo could damage my ovaries.
Then, after 8 rounds of I was cold-capped. Wow, it was painful, but it worked well for me. I dealt with all sorts of side effects, but you just have to keep going. It was then time for my lumpectomy and lymph node removal, 10 days of radiotherapy, and a hormonal drip treatment for 9 months.
I made the best friends ever at the chemo ward. Some unfortunately aren’t with us anymore, but some will be friends for life. Angie, my chemo nurse, became like my second mum and my best friend rolled into one.
How are you doing now?
I’ve been cancer free for nearly 3 years now. Now I go back for check-ups and I’m glad they’re still monitoring me. And while I have anxiety about my health, I live my life to the full. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I want to show people that it’s hard, but you can still live a long and happy life.
Recently, I took part in Breast Cancer Now’s Pink Ribbon Walk. It looked like a great way to raise money and breast cancer awareness.
How was the Pink Ribbon Walk?
The walk was amazing. From start to finish, everything was so well organised. At first, I was nervous that I'd get lost or that I wouldn’t be able to finish, but the route was amazing. There were such beautiful views and it was easy to navigate the route. And it goes so quickly while you look around and talk to people along the way.
The volunteers were wonderful and provided snacks and drinks on the way. I enjoyed it so much, I could have carried on walking for miles.
How did taking part in the walk impact you?
I felt a sense of ‘home’ knowing that everyone there had something in common. Breast cancer has affected us all in some way.