“My colleague at work urged me to go for a mammogram, and she saved my life,” says Suzette Laubscher. “The worst part of it was the waiting, the waiting to find out what the diagnosis is. Its like being in limbo – you hear the words but they don’t sink in,” says Suzette Laubscher.
Lisa Fuller is a two-time breast cancer survivor. “When it came back the second time I was extremely angry. I didn’t really want to go through chaemo again, and it has been much more hard on my son, because he is older now.” She explains that life doesn’t stop for cancer – you still have to look after your family, you still have to work and you have to just deal with it.
Lesley Collopy’s breast cancer was diagnosed on her son’s birthday, eight months ago.
“When you hear your doctor say it is cancer, your whole world implodes. Breast cancer is not just the lump. Not enough support is given to the husbands or children of people with breast cancer. And it is difficult because I don’t think they know how to react around you.”
“I’d like to tell people how to keep on after diagnosis. Nobody is ever ok when they get the diagnosis, but I people to know there is life and hope after it all,” says Faieza Arnold, who has been a breast cancer survivor for 12 years. “With cancer you don’t get a second chance in life – you get another life.”
Denise Barron’s breast cancer was only recently diagnosed so she is at the beginning of her journey of a survivor. Because her cancer was diagnosed so early, she did not have to have chemotherapy or radiation. “I am very grateful that we caught the cancer in time. Cancer can happen to anyone, so don’t delay your mammograms!”