oa Professional Nursing Today - Through my eyes - a patient's story of surviving breast cancer : oncology



'And I sentence you to death!' the judge said, 'Death by lethal injection!' - words of horror for a criminal awaiting punishment. Imagine an innocent person's thoughts as the judge orders their toxic death - just a bystander accused of something they did not do and now about to be punished - about to die. The panic, fear and loneliness, without escape or solace - what a nightmare! My sentencing came unexpectedly. Minding my own way through life's 'predictable' journey (or at least that is what I thought) had not prepared me for cancer - aggressive breast cancer, removal of the breast, spreading to the lymph nodes, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and ultimately a painful death. I was going to appeal - I was going to fight this trial with all my heart, body and soul. I was only 27 years old when the battle began and it was to be long and hard.

(Extract from the preface of Losing my Balance - a 27 year old woman's journey through breast cancer written by Carrie Brown)


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