Hi, my name is Carol, I’m 51 years old. I’ve been married to Clive for 24 years and we have three gorgeous sons, my family is my world.

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer after a routine mammogram in July 2013. I thought my world had come to an end, for the first couple of weeks I couldn’t stop crying. Once I’d accepted it, and knew what I was going to have to go through, things became a lot easier. I’d also experienced a very close friend’s journey with aggressive breast cancer, who I’m pleased to say is now 8 years clear ☺ Knowing what she’d been through, I considered myself lucky to have been diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ). Yes, I had to have my breast removed, but it hadn’t spread into my lymph nodes, therefore I didn’t need to have chemotherapy, I was offered radiotherapy (more as a precaution I think) and decided not to have it.

After my surgery in September 2013, I just couldn’t wait to get my life back to normal. I healed quickly, and was back in the swimming pool, and walking five weeks later. I was back at boot camp and netball by early December. Yes, the reconstructed breast feels a little foreign, it’s only been 5 months, but I’m alive! I feel my journey has made me appreciate the little things in life and I feel a stronger and a more determined person, I wear my scars with pride, I beat cancer!

I would like to thank my make up Artist, Leanne Dore of Illuminate Me, she was so kind in supporting me with my photo-shoot and she did such a great job.