‘Kiss this cancer, I’m fighting back’

“Even as a young child, I always knew cancer was going to play a part in my life. Seeing others suffer through treatment for the disease made me determined to go to medical school and become an oncologist to support people through this.

However, having seen my Mum and my Aunt fight the disease and the side effects of treatment, made me realise that I wanted to help prevent others from going through this. I switched to study Cell Biology instead, so I could study cancer, and try to find ways to save lives by prevention.

“I actually found out I had breast cancer when I was at university for the second time – I was studying a Masters in Nutritional Medicine. It was towards the end of the course that I found a lump in my breast. I was stunned when they told me that I had cancer.

“It made no sense to me. I was under thirty, committed to a healthy lifestyle through exercising, eating healthily, being a healthy weight and I was even training for a triathlon. It felt like my world was falling down around me – I felt too young to lose a breast.

“Now that I’ve come through the other side of my treatment, I’m even more passionate about health and well-being, and I encourage people to lead happy and healthy lives. I’m writing my first book, and when I’m not doing that, I’m either cooking up something great in the kitchen for my family and friends, or I’m helping educate people about healthy eating and lifestyle. So kiss this, cancer – I’m my own boss now.”

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