Being diagnosed with breast cancer is terrifying, scary, horrible, pants, awful….
You may not know which way to turn, and you may be scared to look online for fear of what you may read.
I have put this website together to help you.
With this website I have aimed to provide practical advice for women standing at the edge of the breast cancer precipice not knowing which way to turn (and for their husbands, families and friends who would like to know how to help).
The sections of this website
The website sections are categorised simply by the stages of your breast cancer journey from diagnosis to life during treatment:
I’d like to think that someone embarking upon their treatment for breast cancer could start at ‘Diagnosis’ and keep going to ‘Life During Treatment’. But you can also dip into any category at any time: it doesn’t matter at which stage of the breast cancer journey you may be.
Within each of these categories are lists. To-do lists, shopping lists, need-to-know lists and bullet point lists, all of which are based on my experience. At the end of each page I provide some links to additional information that is available online. So if you would like more information but don’t know where to go, these links are an excellent starting point.
Practical advice and directions to additional online resources
I found that when I was looking for the information to help me through my treatment I came across lots of things about breast cancer that I did not wish to know. So this website steers clear of anything other than practical advice based upon my experience. I don’t talk about the different types of breast cancer nor do I talk about cancer statistics, stages and grades. I don’t discuss clinical trials, alternative therapies or causes of cancer. I don’t talk in medical terms. And I certainly don’t give medical or professional advice. But I do provide plenty of signposts to where you can find that sort of information if you wish to read about it.
This website does not cover everything there is to know about breast cancer or its treatment
This is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to ALL things breast cancer. The Universe of Breast Cancer is so vast that there are certainly things that I haven’t commented upon. But I have tried to signpost you to as many additional resources as I can find.
Our stories and journeys are all different
There is no “one size fits all” for breast cancer. All of us have a different story and a different journey. But I hope that I can give you some support and encouragement and direct you to places with more information about your particular situation.
Men can get breast cancer too
I know that, sadly, men can also get breast cancer. And whilst this website is primarily aimed at women going through breast cancer treatment, a lot of the advice and links to additional resources will also be of help to men going through this.
If your friend or family member has breast cancer
For those of you supporting a loved one or friend through their journey, there is plenty of information in each section to help you understand the journey and what you can do to help.
And there’s more……
I also provide (what I’d like to think of as) chatty commentary on breast cancer related topics by way of my irregular and infrequent blog posts and you can follow me on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter.
So, welcome. Pop the kettle on, make a cup of (green) tea and let’s get started….