Last tuesday we received a phone call from Laura, my step daughter. She was worried because she had found a lump in her breast.
We explained that she must go to the doctor immediately. This she did.
They examined her and took a biopsy of the lump and she had a mammogram.
She got the result on Friday 12/10/07
She has breast cancer.
When she saw the consultant he explained that they try to remove the cancer but unfortunately, in her case, they can't.
She has to have her breast removed.
The cancer is spreading and she will need chemotherapy as well.
Geoff is devastated and so is all the family.
But we will have to be strong and support her. It's not going to be easy for her.
Laura, 43, is married to Martin and they are both on their second marriage.
Martin has two teenage girls from his previous marriage and they get on so well.
Martin is devastated as you can imagine.
What really gets to us is that Laura has always looked after herself so well.
She is so carefull what she dinks and eats. She really is in to all the healthy foods.
She is slim and, well, so healthy in that way. She does not smoke.
I know for a fact that smoking does not cause breast cancer. I have been told this by my consultant, who I have been seeing for about 5 years now.
I have had problems with my breast because I get infections and cycsts. In fact I now where a lap seat belt because I can't stand the pain of the seat belt across my chest.
My doctor has said he will make me exempt from wearing a seat belt if it gets to bad, but the lap seat belt is fine.
I have to see him every six months for a check up. He does not let me go.
I say this because if I developed cancer I could understand it more.
But not Laura.
Laura will be seeing the consultant on monday about the operation so I will keep you informed.
Sorry this is not a happy blog but I just have to tell you.