“I had been breastfeeding Evan since he was born and I noticed a lump last year in my right breast,
“I went to the doctor and got it checked and I was told it was a galactocele cyst (a benign retention cyst of the breast, defined as a milk-filled cyst).
“Since January this year, the lump continued to get bigger in size and changed in shape.
“It was also at this time that I started to have pain in my hips, which was starting to concern me.
“I was sent for a mammogram and CT scans in early March and received my initial diagnosis of breast cancer.
“On March 20, we attended the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, where I received the full diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, with positive hormone receptor, also known as triple positive.
“We had all hoped that my diagnosis had been received early enough and that we could move forward with surgery and treatment as necessary.
“It was at this point that we were told that it had spread to other parts of my body and had done so quickly.
“We didn’t know what to say when the doctor was explaining everything to us.
“My first thought was of my two beautiful children. I just have to be around to see them grow up.”