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The next step

Important note: This blog entry discusses scars and recovery following a double mastectomy, which some people may find upsetting.

My Film - Breast Reconstruction After Double Mastectomy

My Film - Breast Reconstruction After Double Mastectomy

My Film - Breast Reconstruction After Double Mastectomy

This week, the Breast Reconstruction Awareness team at Broomfield Hospital, where I had my preventative double mastectomy have released the film that they made of my ‘patient journey’.

Charlotte's Marathon Training

The Virgin Money London Marathon - The Big One

Charlotte's Marathon Training

My training for the London Marathon is continuing and I have now got some of my biggest runs behind me. Having now done an 18 and a 20 miler, my mileage will now slowly decrease towards the big day. Training, as before, has been plagued with missed runs, illness, and just the general pressures of everyday life getting in the way. Nevertheless, I feel as prepared as I can be, and in some ways, I am excited to embark upon the 26.2 miles once again.

Charlotte's Blog - Eastenders and the BRCA storyline

Eastenders and the BRCA storyline

Charlotte's Blog - Eastenders and the BRCA storyline

For those of you who watch Eastenders, you will have noted that Carol Jackson’s breast cancer storyline has now taken a turn towards exploring genetics. In a recent episode, the show revealed that Carol Jackson has the same faulty

Breast Sensation Post Double Mastectomy

Before my operation one of the things that I found it difficult to understand is what my breasts would feel like following my operation; I wanted to know how they would feel internally. Would I have any feeling or sensation and it was a question that nobody seemed to be able to answer definitively because everybody is different.

Charlotte training for the Virgin Money London Marathon

Training... again

Charlotte training for the Virgin Money London Marathon

A glutton for punishment I am signed up to the London Marathon 2014 and am trying to start to train but admittedly I am finding it harder than before. I guess it’s a huge amalgamation of factors. The most obvious being the operations I have endured. Whilst I feel fine generally and feel fine running I am struggling to increase my distances and ultimately I am unsure as to if this is my body’s response to what it has been through or if this is just a part of ‘training’ like it was before.

Body Confidence After A Double Mastectomy

Important note: This blog entry discusses scars following a double mastectomy, which some people may find upsetting.

The Road to Recovery

The road to recovery unfortunately has not been a smooth one for me.

At 5 weeks post-op I felt great, so great I was able to attend a friend’s wedding locally. I only went to the day and didn’t drink etc but it felt great to put on a dress, some make up and be normal for the day. The week following the wedding I went for my final physio session, and was signed off for driving and ‘normal’ activities. I could lift the children again, exercise again and generally live a normal existence.

My view of the Breast Cancer Gap Analysis

As we embark upon Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Campaign have published the results of their 2013 Gap Analysis and it makes for some very interesting and exciting reading. Some would maybe question my use of the word ‘exciting’ as it does, after all, contain some scary statistics showing how prevalent breast cancer is already and how much more it will be in the future.

Follow Up Appointments

Since coming out of hospital, life is trying to return to normal but it’s not that simple whilst you are recovering. Every day I am feeling stronger and stronger but it takes time to adjust. In some ways I am able to do a lot more than I expected to be able to do but that doesn’t mean to say the frustration doesn’t take its toll. I can’t drive, I can’t look after the children, I can’t cook dinner and I constantly need support and that is the thing I am finding the hardest.

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