After I was diagnosed with breast cancer I contacted two major support groups for my skin condition trying to find out whether there are any members who have gone through cancer treatment and wouldn't mind sharing their experience. I wasn't successful and that made me share my own journey for the benefit of others.
I'm in my late thirties being born with severe form of CIE. English is not my first language as I come from Slovakia but I have lived in England for more than ten years.
I know that most of cancer survivals
remember the date of being diagnosed or celebrate the anniversary of
being cancer free. For me it's the date when I discovered I had a
problem that is somehow the most significant. I think I will always remember the
4th of November 2014. After that followed a dramatic year
full of hospital appointments and another year which I must admit
was a lot about worrying if the treatment was successful. Especially
as I was watching a good friend of mine being diagnosed with brain
tumor and dying six months later...
But starting the year three and looking
back I suddenly feel that actually not so much changed in my life.
That first year doesn't feel so dramatic any more and I am
hardly ever worried if the cancer has really gone or not. Life
settled back to normal, I do everything just the way I did before. I
got used to a "different shape" of my body when something is missing easier than I thought I
would. Sometimes sadness over the fact that I will not be able to
have children any more creeps in but it's a kind of sadness that
comes and goes. I might have ended up childless even without going
through the cancer treatment. Who knows.
Nicest things last year were that I did
a bit of travelling and realised I would like to try to do more of
I met some people with the same skin
condition as mine and I would like to meet more of them.
With Nusrit and Hunter in 2015
With Carly in 2016
I tried the online dating once again,
started seeing someone and for the first time I'm in relationship.
While I was going through the treatment
I started doing my nails regularly – and I never stopped!
I'm curious what label I will put on this year at the end of it! :-)