Receiving a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer will likely be one of the most traumatic experiences of your life, but it is possible to find a new normal. One of the key aims and objectives of Second Hope is to provide strength to those diagnosed with advanced breast cancer.
We hope by sharing some inspiring stories of people who are living well with their advanced breast cancer, that you will see that life can go on.
I was diagnosed with primary and secondary breast cancer in March 2015. The first couple of months were spent being directed by medical staff (they were amazing!). I had two operations, a corpectomy and a hip replacement.read more
Ten years ago, I lost my hair. Not overnight like I thought it would be, or gradually perhaps, but it kind of went matted and within a few days, absolving itself of all life, it died, so my husband offered to shave it off in the bathroom with his beard clippers.read more
Cancer! You never think it can happen to you then all of a sudden bang, your life changes forever. I was 44, had not long completed a degree in business & management, was looking to further my career and I had watched my son finally fulfil his dream of joining the army. Life was good and I was looking forward to the future.read more
1999, what a year! I was going to turn 40, we were moving to Sussex, it was the last year of the century – a new millennium and a new life was about to begin.read more
How can I forget October 12th 2013? The day I was diagnosed with a small breast cancer in my left breast. I’d been under the breast unit at my local hospital for ‘lumpy breasts’, for the previous ten years, so had always thought that if I was to get breast cancer, it would be caught quickly.read more
My name is Mandy Macfarlane, I’m 40 years old working and living in Glasgow. I am married to Richy and have two children Chloe who is 20 and studying in Carlisle and Sam who is 6 and just about to go into primary 2.read more
“But will you still love me when I’m all bald and mutilated” I sobbed to the other-half on learning that I had breast cancer and would need a mastectomy and chemotherapy. I should’ve known better. “Of course I will” he replied, pausing for a split second before adding “you’re ugly already”.read more
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