I want to break the stigma of lung cancer being an old smoker's disease and push hospitals to test as standard so more lives can be saved.
On the 23rd of July 2019, aged 34 with a 6-month-old baby girl, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 incurable Lung Cancer.
I’d had 18 months of being told I had chest infections, pneumonia, pleurisy, everything other than what it actually was because the fact is, Lung Cancer is still perceived as an old person, life long smoker disease.
And that’s just not the case. Lung Cancer is the biggest killer in the UK and it is affecting more and more young, non or very light smokers.
My particular Cancer is a very rare genetic mutation called ALK-positive, nope, I’d never heard of it either. And purely by the chance of postcode lottery were my cells tested and this condition found. A lot of hospitals in the UK don’t test, and so people are being given the wrong treatment.
I started my blog to raise awareness and spread positivity. I might have cancer but cancer does not have me. I want to break the stigma of lung cancer being an old smoker’s disease and push hospitals to test as standard so more lives can be saved. I’ll never be cured of Cancer, it will probably still be the cause of my death, but not yet. Not now. And not before I’ve finished seeing my little girl grow up and break the stigma that young Mammas get cancer too! ❤
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