When I was 3, I was diagnosed with Wilms which is cancer of the kidney. I underwent chemotherapy treatment, a right nephrectomy (the removal of the kidney) and whole abdominal radiotherapy. This left me with many scars, no hair and damaged reproductive system, remaining kidney and heart.
At 21 I was diagnosed with my second cancer, Breast Cancer, a possible cause of which being the radiotherapy that saved my life 18 years earlier. I had a double mastectomy and 6 rounds of chemotherapy, leaving me with more scars, no hair and little to no chance of having children using my own eggs. I was then put on a medication that hopes to slow or stop the growth of the tumor by preventing the cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow. This came along with the start of some extreme menopausal symptoms.
Last year, at 24, my Breast Cancer reared its head again and spread to my spine. I had an operation to remove the second lump from my breast and was put on a combination of medication, paired with injections to contain. This spread gave me a diagnosis of stage 4 Breast Cancer. The treatment plan is not be to cure, but contain for as long as possible.
This containment was successful until my quarterly MRI scan in May 2020 showed L2 of my spine has a tumour that has grown slightly since the start of the year.
Being around horses has always been my therapy, and in more recent years, it is my escape from the anxiety, fear and sadness of the cancer that lives in me and how it’s going to effect my life.
I was able to make my dream come true in June 2019, thanks to so many kind and generous people. I bought my beautiful dream horse @blitzthedutchdressage .
Donations received will always go towards Blitzy. It means we can have a riding lesson, I can treat him to something nice or we can go to a local show, which we both love doing! No one knows how long I'll be in the saddle for so this time together with Blitz is to be enjoyed, to the fullest. Thank you for reading.