“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.”