A Life Update

This isn’t a post that I’d expected to be writing, yet here I am.

I found out last month that I have breast cancer. 

I had surgery last week and I’m now on the road to recovery from that before my treatment begins, which will depend upon the outcome of my surgery.

It’s a funny thing, getting a diagnosis like this. 

You imagine you’ll react in a certain way, process things in a certain way and yet I don’t think you can ever really know what you’d do with this unless you have lived it yourself. 

It’s a lot to get your head around.

It’s been hard having to let people know. It’s hard to upset the people that you love so much.

It’s amazing how quickly you start to understand different terms, the variables that come with this kind of cancer, a whole new world opening up to you, a world you never wanted to be a part of.

At this stage, it’s also all very much an unknown path, a path that you didn’t imagine you were about to embark upon. 

Why am I sharing this here? I know a lot of people choose not to share something like this publicly and on social media, and I completely understand that. 

For me, I am sharing this for two reasons.

Firstly, this is my business. This isn’t a hobby blog and social channels. I need to keep on earning, I need to keep this going and I need your support.

I’m self employed and I felt that it made sense to share this with you, so you’d understand if I am a little quieter here and elsewhere than I usually am or I’m a little slower than normal getting content out, Patreon parcels out, arranging activities, designing products and so on.

I will get back to it, and I hope to stay on track as much as possible, but I am also going to be prioritising my health over the coming months and listening to my body when it tells me to rest.

Secondly, I wanted to raise awareness and remind you all to check yourself and act if you see or feel anything unusual going on in your body.

1 in 7 women in the UK develop breast cancer during their lifetime.

I am not a high risk for breast cancer. I barely drink, I’m relatively fit (I walk around 100 miles a month, I think that makes me relatively fit?!), I’m not over 50, I’ve not had a previous lump and I have no history of breast cancer in my family, or any female cancers at all. 

And yet here I am. Check yourselves and if you’re unsure, get it checked. And if it’s tricky to get a doctor’s appointment (believe me I went through this one), do not give up, keep trying and get yourself seen. 

For now, I am focusing on what I need to do at each point, and then I am getting on with life as normal as much as I can, when I can.

It’s my birthday tomorrow, so 46 isn’t quite beginning how I thought it would, but then when does life do exactly as you want it to?

I’ll still have a good day, I’ll still have gifts and cake and I’ll still spend it with the people I want to spend it with.

The prognosis is good at the start of this journey, it just wasn’t how I was expecting this year to go.

Bear with me, folks.

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26 thoughts on “A Life Update”

  1. Sending all my love to you Joycelyn. My best friend went through surgery earlier this year and has just completed her radiotherapy. Stay strong. You’ve got this xx

  2. Hi Jocelyn just read ur blog I’m sorry to hear of ur bad news . I know ur a strong person an ull get through this take care xx

  3. Life is taking you on an unexpected detour, but detours always get you back on the correct road. Stay strong and best wishes for a full recovery. Prayers, love, and concern are sent to you and your loved ones.

  4. I’m shocked and sorry to read this life update Joycelyn. Life is so unfair at times! I hope you have a nice day on your birthday. Sending you all good wishes.

  5. Oh Jocelyn I’m so sorry to hear this. I feel so bad that my letter writing fell off the radar in February after we had bad car accident because you are managing to be brave in sharing this part of your life. If yiu don’t know of them Breast Cancer Now is the reincarnation of a charity I used to work for and they would be there for any help and support you might need. I apologise but I’m now sending much love to you for your continued recovery and love and my support to you and yours.xx

  6. Dearest Jocelyn, Firstly, happy belated birthday to you and your husband. I am saddened by your recent diagnosis but am confident in all successes of your treatment plan. If you ever want to chat with a fellow breast cancer survivor, I’m only an email away. Hugs, Nancy

  7. I am so sorry. My prayers are with you and your family. I enjoy getting your emails. I just celebrated my 48th birthday June 13. So Happy Birthday. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Carolyn McNeil

    Dear Jocelyn,
    You made me cry; I’m so sorry that this has happened but you are a strong person and all of us who follow you support you. We’ll be here for you whenever you can make it so don’t worry; your first priority is getting well first.
    Happy Birthday to you and your hubby; there’s still a lot to celebrate ( cake for a start).
    Love and best wishes xx

  9. Roxanne Garcia

    Dear Jocelyn,
    I am sorry to hear about your breast cancer diagnosis. My prayers are with you.
    I wish you well.
    Thank you for all that you do for your subscribers.

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