Bad Mum

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25 October 2017

TITS Feature: My Story

Imagine the absolute joy/oh shit moment when you are told you are having twins! That was my situation back in 2015. Fast forward to April 2016 and the twins arrived, after a couple of weeks in neonatal the girls were home and we were enjoying life as a foursome! That was until I found my lump…

My name is Katy,  I’m 37 years old, mum to twin girls and a breast cancer survivor. 

I found my lump whilst using the joyful breast pump. I was so determined to feed my girls that regardless of the lack of my supply I kept going. If I hadn’t I might not be here now.

Quickly things progressed from a Drs appointment to heading to the breast clinic and having a mammogram and biopsy all with my newborn twins in toe. Don’t worry they left their mark in the breast clinic having a poonami situation whilst I was having my biopsy taken.

Results were in and I was told the news I had breast cancer. I can’t even tell you the thoughts that swamped my mind at that point. But I will tell you the biggy was ‘I have newborn twins, I can’t die!’
The conversation quickly turns to treatment and you hear the words chemotherapy, hair as, radiotherapy. At this point I saw my husbands face crumble. The poor bloke had been through all this before with a previous girlfriend in his early twenties. He knew too well the side effects of chemo and he couldn’t bare the thought of me going through that.

Life was soon embroiled in appointments, hospital appointments, treatment days and before I knew it the twins were turning 1 and I missed their whole first year whilst I battled the big C. All those precious milestone moments lost in the midst of cancer.

My treatment finished this April  just after their first birthday and as I’m one of the lucky ones I’m still here to enjoy seeing them grow up. I’m now back at work, I teach a reception class in a local primary school so you can imagine life is pretty full on, but hey I beat cancer throw what you like at me! 


If you take anything at all from this story then please please let it be a lesson to check yourself and get to know your body. Don’t mistake that lump for mastitis if you’re  breastfeeding, don’t think you are too young, cancer doesn’t give a monkeys who you are are so get it checked. Coppafeel and breast cancer care have some fab leaflets to guide you.




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