“This trip has changed my life — I know now I am capable of anything.”March 18th, 2016
You may not think you know me; but you do. I am the soccer mum; the one chasing the toddler off the field; the one at kiss and drop.
I am also the one diagnosed with breast cancer at 41.
It was a Monday afternoon when I took a phone call from my surgeon. “Your pathology is back. There is a malignancy.” There’s nothing like that moment. It is entrenched in my mind: where I was, who I was with and what I was doing when I was told I had breast cancer. Friends and family are always there, but cancer is a lonely disease.
Seven years later, in 2014, I signed up for one of the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s trekking challenges, having never done anything like it before.
If I had survived a mastectomy, chemo and radiation, followed by breast reconstruction and brain surgery for a benign tumour, surely I could become fit enough to do this and raise money to help NBCF find a cure for breast cancer.
I want to share my story with you, because if I can make just one person think they can support NBCF towards achieving its goal of zero deaths from breast cancer, it has all been worthwhile.
If you’re interested in joining others like Lynda on an adventure of a lifetime, find out more about NBCF’s next trek, Hike for a Cure: Great Alpine Walk 2017.