I remember when I told my friend she was so shocked,  we met for a bike ride with my son and I cried as soon as I seen her,  I couldn’t get my words out very well and didn’t want my son to see.  She was very supportive and said okay don’t worry we will get through this.  We sat in the park and I forgot about it for a while as we talked about other things,  I sighed and suddenly remembered and then said ‘aww I love it when I forget about it it’s so good’  this made her tear up,  something I have never seen before. 

I think she was shocked with all the new information I told her about breast cancer,  it is so much to get your head around.  I told her about having to get a mastectomy and the complications of L flap reconstruction.  I explained the different types of cancer and all the ins and out of losing hair, eyebrows and eyelashes and the side effects of chemo. 

What I love about Sarah is her positivity and sarcasm,  she also likes to play around and be silly as well as having the serious cancer related chats. She keeps me sane,  allows a shoulder to cry on and we have great fun shopping and going for meals.  

It’s good to talk you must get your feelings out,  I have never been offered any form of counselling so bottling things up won’t help!  Writing this blog is certainly helping me. 

Me and Sarah

I really appreciate all the love and support from friends since finding out. Sarah is there for me whenever I need advice or a shoulder to cry on ๐Ÿ™‚  she also came with me to one of my treatments. 

I met up with my friend Jen from school we were bezzie mates through school and had some wild times together. She was shocked how normal I was after each op and got me a lovely bracelet which I am going to wear for chemo and on other days to keep positive. It’s been so great seeing her again and sharing things with someone who has known me so long. 

What I love about jen is her ‘I don’t care’ attitude and her advice – ‘who gives a fck what people say Tra? I wish I could be like that.  Jen is very honest so she will always tell me if I’m being a ‘doyle’ about something ๐Ÿ™‚ she’s also always laughing which is fab as nothings too serious for too long ๐Ÿ™‚ after serious appointments this is just what’s needed.

Jen came with me for my 5th chemo treatment and has been in touch throughout which means a lot. 

Me and Jen 

Work Friends

My work friends have sent me beautiful gifts and very thoughtful messages I miss them all,  we are all a social bunch and they really make work fun,  we meet for dinner and a few nights out.  I think we need to make more time for fun  next year when I return ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Thanks to my work friends for being so great to me during my 2 years at DUBS, I look forward to seeing you next year.  

Joy,  Ruth,  Sharon,  Anne,  Diane,  yasmin,  Nicola,  Louise,  Alison,  Ashleigh,  Michelle,  Chloe, Rebecca,  Birgit,  Chris,  Laura,  Hayley,  Debs,  so so so many more I could name ill be here all night thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Me and joy have met up and despite her living in Durham we manage to meet and go to the cinema and recently I showed her around hartlepool and we went for fish and chips on the sea front. 

I have recently been meeting up with work friends and received this amazing spa gift. I plan to wait till I feel more normal to use it ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Online Friends 

I have online friends who I speak to all the time but rarely meet up with,  Shirlee,  Laura,  Lyndsey,  Claire,  Mylene.  I am open to sharing so much with these people as it’s so comfortable to chat with them.  Hopefully I can actually see them more in person once back to myself again xx

I recently met up with Claire and hope to meet with Laura and her boys soon.  I spend time with Stevens mam and sister too. The majority of support has came through online messages and people from my past donating money to my wig fund ๐Ÿ™‚ my brother is also constantly in touch and it makes me feel so supported and like people really care. 


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