April 2015 my gorgeous niece was working interstate where we were living and I got a message from my sister that we had to skype her together. My husband and niece were both excited as they thought my sister was going to talk about her wedding that she was planning, I on the other hand had a bad feeling it was not going to be a nice conversation. We loaded up skype and rang my sister and one look at her face and I knew it was BAD and it was … Stage 3 Breast Cancer!!! the doctors were operating a week later. I was living interstate for the whole of her chemo and radiation treatment and feel I wasn’t able to do much. She did write a blog which helped her with how she was feeling and also so she didn’t have to deal with 50 phone calls a day asking the same questions. The blog is how I knew what was happening with her, she was so sick through chemo I didn’t feel I could call her as I didn’t want to wake her. Chemo was hard for her and also hard for us to read and see (photos) what she was going through then the radiation with the burns she has suffered. Thankfully I feel she has beaten it she still has a way to go yet with reconstructions, hysterectomy and 10 years of tablets! but it is so difficult to see the pictures and now to see her face to face she is slowly getting hair again. In some ways I am glad I wasn’t in the same state while she was going through the treatments and I am ashamed to say that really but it was certainly easier to tell my kids after the worst of her treatment was over. I really feel for anyone who is there with their family/friends while going through anything like this.
Posted by fairy, 1st January 2016