Nyrie, QLD – I’m proud to say I’ve made it through!

December 4th, 2014

I am Nyrie, a two-year breast cancer survivor!

I was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage 3 breast cancer in August 2012 whilst 28 weeks pregnant with twins. I was just 38 years old and my diagnosis absolutely turned my world upside down!

The cancer had spread well into my lymph nodes, so at 29 weeks pregnant, I had a lumpectomy and full auxiliary node clearance. I was forced to have the twins at 32 weeks so I could begin chemotherapy.

My results from the first surgery showed that the margins had not been cleared but I had to begin the chemotherapy and plan more surgery afterward.

The twins were born healthy but spent six weeks in neo-natal building strength. I visited them whenever I could but was not allowed to have any skin to skin contact with them for seven to ten days after each of my six rounds of TAC. I was advised not to breast feed so I managed to organise several breast milk donors.

I also had a then five year old with whom I was not to have skin to skin contact either.

Following chemo I had another wide local excision in which my surgeon was able to clear the margins! I flew 900km south for my second surgery as I live in a regional area and wanted to access the best treatment possible. Following this, I moved my whole family 400km north to Townsville to complete 30 doses of radiation therapy.

I’m now at home in Mackay getting on with life. I do have mild lymphedema and I will take hormone blockers for the next ten years.

Looking back, I don’t know how I’ve done it, particularly with no family in close proximity. But I proud to say I’ve made it through!