My mum's story

Thursday 11 February, 2010 by kylie

Well here we go, this is my mum's story.

Around 1990 my mum was about 38 when she got her first breast cancer. She had the tumor removed and ray treatment. Eighteen months later she had breast cancer again in the other breast. She had the tumor removed, ray treatment and meridium rods - I think my mum is one of very few this treatment worked on, as they saved her life, although the treatment was like torture. They double booked the treatment so they took the meridium rods out of my mum's breast without anesthetic!

Anyway, after quite a few years of being cancer free and my mum watching most of her family die of cancer, in 2008 my mum got ovarian cancer. She had a hysterectermy them chemo for 4 months. It was a big dose and one of the hardest things I have ever had to see.

Now she had to have ray treatment after this as there was a tumor in her pelvis but by February 2009 she had finished all her treatment and was cancer free - all gone! Woohoo!

'What a hard few months!' we thought, 'but it was worth it because now it's gone.'

Anyway, October 2009 mum told me she had a lump in her breast. I thought 'No way - can't be cancer. You wouldn't be able to get breast cancer 3 times. No way!'

So when she finally went to the doctor, 'Yep, damn cancer!'

So 16th December 2009 my mum had both her breasts removed. She went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and they didn't get it all and they don't know yet how they will treat her, as the ray treatment she had all those years ago plays a big role, and it's not so long since chemo.

So I'm hoping these doctors are getting their heads together to try work out how to get rid of the rest of this cancer. We find out what they're going to do in a couple of weeks.

So that's my mum's story.

Find out more about breast cancer. We also have a booklet about When Cancer Won't Go Away. You may also like to call the Cancer Helpline on 13 11 20 and speak with a cancer nurse.

Updated: 11 Feb, 2010