Mammograms Save Lives!

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2011. I have written my story in order to raise awareness and encourage every woman between the ages of 50 and 70 to go for a mammogram. In the UK, the NHS offers this service free to women every three years, but sadly, 25% do not take advantage.

After my mammogram, I received the devastating news that I had breast cancer. I felt well, had no symptoms, have never smoked, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly, so how the hell did I get this? There was no explanation, it can happen to anyone! The doctor couldn’t even find a lump and had to detect the tumour using an ultrasound.

Before I knew it, I had surgery to remove the lump followed by three weeks of daily radiotherapy. The whole process took four months from beginning to end. Thanks to the advanced technology of a mammogram, my tumour was caught in the very early stages as it was just budding. I count myself very lucky indeed.

While all this was going on my youngest grandchild was born with a serious kidney condition. He spent the first five weeks of his life in intensive care before having major surgery to remove his left kidney.

It’s been a very difficult year for our family but now we are looking forward to the future and enjoying life to the fullest. We have four grandchildren and they are all very precious to us. I am so appreciative to the NHS for providing this service and count myself very lucky indeed.

All profits from sales of my book will be donated to Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Nurse.

I am shouting this out loud: “Mammograms Save Lives!!!”

Avril Saunders
Surrey, United Kingdom

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