When reality stepped in

Friday 16 October, 2009 by Kathryn

My mother and her only sister passed away from breast cancer, and my grandmother from ovarian cancer.

After their deaths, I thought to myself, 'What does cancer have to do with me? Breast examinations? Are you kidding? I'm not a smoker nor do I drink." I had absolutely no fears when it came to the subject of cancer. I did not have time to be dealing with or thinking about mid to old age issues. I was at the tender age of 23; I was healthy, a young wife and mother of a 5-year-old, enjoying all that life had to offer.

That was when reality stepped in and shocked me back into the present. "Sorry to inform you, but you have ovarian cancer".

Fourteen years later I had surpassed the 5-year-cancer-free mark. Now at the age of 36 I was still enjoying life, marriage, and I was now the mother of an 18-year-old and an 11-year-old. Again, I was graced by the very words that haunted me 14 years earlier. "Sorry to inform you, but you now have breast cancer".

That's when I became a staunch believer that cancer does not discriminate! Race, age or gender is not a part of the equation when cancer knocks on your door. Caution: Just because you were cured from one type of cancer does not mean that you can't be diagnosed with another!

Today I am cancer free! Blessed, happy and humbled by my cancer survival journey!

Updated: 16 Oct, 2009