My name is Nikki and I am proud to say that I fought like a girl – and won! In December 2009 while laying stretched out on the floor I adjusted my bra due to quite a sore spot just above my rib cage beneath my breast. The very thought made me book an appointment the next day, just to make sure. I went to my GP who had a look and said he had no concern over it because it was just a swollen gland. What a relief really…
A couple of months passed and the area grew a bit bigger and more sensitive. This gnawing feeling I had just wouldn’t go away. I decided to go to another doctor for a second opinion. Now – due to my age of 26 at the time the doctors said I had nothing to worry about – but they sent me off for a sonar, mammogram and then a biopsy.
Mid June I was diagnosed. I had stage 4 breast cancer and it had metastasized to my liver. I was given the shocking news that my diagnosis was really bad and I would just be given a series of chemo to ‘prolong’ my life. No news can be so numbing – it felt like I had been hit by a bus! After a week or 2 of going into quite a depressed state I picked my socks up and said – you know what. I can do this! And I will show you all that I can conquer this!!
I was put onto trials that lasted 8 months until my body started resisting. I changed my doctor and was then put onto Red Devil Chemo. I gave it my everything and held onto every shred of Hope I was given. After a year and half in total of chemo, I was to have a mastectomy with later reconstruction followed by intense radiation (which I have just finished).
2011 was a hell of a year for me. It threw me so many curve balls (including my mom being diagnosed with a rare form of Endometrial cancer – she is now in the clean, thankfully) but after much determination and support from family, friends, colleges and my better half I was told on the 8th of December that nothing was to be seen. The feeling of a second chance is unbelievable. It’s still sinking in – so surreal!
I’m not quite finished with my journey yet – I have many more things to go through this year still. It may sound cliche but having breast cancer made me discover so many angels in my life that I will never forget. I have become part of a mission to spread the word about awareness especially in younger women and tell my story to the world.
To those fighters reading this – never ever give up on Hope. You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only chance you have.
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.