My Cancer Journey
I never thought it could happen to me. Not independent Jules with a strong front. Not the girl who already had a pretty tough life. This was now my time to have a bit of me and enjoyment out of this crazy thing called life.
After four years of trying, finally we had a magnificent baby girl. I fought so hard to be a strong stable Mum with a normal peaceful life & a happy family home.
My milk dried up when Skyler was 6months old. Doctors felt a lump in my breast twice and explained that it was very normal to have lumpy boobs. He prescribed me medication to make more milk. It was around this time that my husband broke both his legs which mentally quiet affected him as he was very active.
3 months later, on the 6th June 2016, while my husband was at physio for his ankles, I was in the middle of cooking dinner when I got the call from my doctor "Jules, the results have come back from your core biopsy. Its not good Jules. You have cancer. Can you come in, I will stay back for you, how soon can you get here"
I looked down at my 8 month old daughter, happily playing on the floor. My world just crashed down around me like a vicious storm. No way. Not now? I can’t get cancer now? What the hell?? I was a qualified veterinary nurse of 20years but still didn’t understand what it meant to have cancer. I knew I was going to fight and survive but in that moment I died. I saw my daughter coming to my funeral and I died inside. I called my husband "get home now please"
That was day 1. I was diagnosed with stage 3, grade 3, ER+ ductal carcinoma. Every single day for the next 3 weeks I had doctors’ appointments, check ups, tests, clinical trial appointments, discussions, procedures. As reality set in, I felt like I had a total grip on it, I was in control and felt this was a small bump in my long life. I had my boxing gloves on and I was going to fight like hell. That vision of my daughter at my funeral was not going to happen anytime soon. I have too much to do… I have to raise my daughter; I want to see her blowing out the candles at her 18th birthday. I have to finish my life purpose, to be a mum for which I had been planning for my whole life
My treatment regime so far: 6 rounds of chemo, hospitalized 8 times, had a bilateral mastectomy, all my lymph nodes removed, 25rounds of radiation, 2 year trial of daily chemotherapy called palbocyclib and 10years aromasin inhibitor medication as well as blood tests, check ups, tests, biopsies, ultrasounds, MRI’s and supportive treatments like lymphedema specialists.
Its been 2.5years in remission and I am fitter than I ever were before. I qualified as a yoga instructor, I won a business award but most of all I am so blessed to be able to spend an incredible amount of quality time with my daughter.
Money from donations helped me incredibly through this journey. Mummy’s wish helped me buy dinners for my family and I had a breast care nurse who made such a difference during those dark days. Donations not only physically save lives, it mentally does as well.
It can happen to anyone. Cancer doesn’t decimate. Know your body. Feel your boobs. Get checked. Please donate and help find a cure today xx
Australia, get ready, I’m going pink.
From 3-9 June, the National Breast Cancer Foundation is challenging the men and women of Australia to GO PINK in support of the thousands of mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, daughters and sons that have been – or will be – affected by breast cancer.
I'm going pink because breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia. It’s a disease we cannot ignore. But together, we can change the outcomes.
While going pink this June, I’m raising money for game-changing breast cancer research. Please donate to my page, you’ll be helping us step closer to our ultimate goal: zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.
YOU can make a difference. Let me know if you want to GO PINK with me!
Thank you to my Sponsors
Jules Dos Santos
Mark, Jason, Boris
Salina Goodstart Kellyville
Lou Dos Santos
Connie And Katherine
Casey & Drica Thrift