Blessed and Highly favored. Read Kristina’s Story
“I found a lump on the top of my left breast in April this year, in the middle of lockdown. As I do a lot of exercise, I waited for a week or so to see if it was muscular but when it didn’t subside, I rang my GP. I was referred to my local hospital and had a mammogram within two weeks of the initial call. The mammogram detected a thickening of tissue but nothing that looked like a tumour. I was further examined by a doctor who performed a needle biopsy. At this point I was unconcerned - I’m only 48, don’t smoke, rarely drink alcohol, I’m slim and exercise daily as well as having a very healthy diet (I’m a personal trainer so I’m passionate about keeping fit a good nutrition). I have no family history of breast cancer and have breast fed four babies and naively believed that I wasn’t at risk at all. In fact, three years previously I had found a small lump which turned out to be a cyst, so I assumed this would turn out to be something similar.
A week after the biopsies I received the shocking news that I did in fact have breast cancer. I went straight to the hospital after receiving the news and met with the breast specialist who examined me and reassured me that a wide excision lumpectomy was the gold standard of treatment and would leave the minimum impact on my breast.
Five weeks later I had the operation and was home the same day (on one of the hottest days of the year!) I had three lymph nodes removed at the same time to check whether the cancer had spread and had a small scar from this as well as a barely detectable scar that followed the line of my nipple. I felt great knowing that the tumour was out of me and was back running five days later!