Breast cancer survivorspeaks out

2017-10-20 06:00
Breast cancer survivor Lyndall Valentine.PHOTO: omega moagi

Breast cancer survivor Lyndall Valentine.PHOTO: omega moagi

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AS the country observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month South Coast survivor Lyndall Valentine says two years in remission, she chooses her battles now.

“I used to stress about the smallest of things until I was facing cancer in the face. It made me realise that all the other stuff is insignificant and life is actually your biggest worry.”

Keeping her stress levels low is paramount for Valentine to ensure the cancer does not return, and to that end, she says she has taken up yoga and a number of health and lifestyle changes.

“Two years later, my immune system is still relatively low. I’ve also been put on early menopause because oestrogen is cancer’s favourite thing. So I’m 34 years old and going through change of life, but the important thing is that I’m alive” she said.

She also thanks the support she gets from loved ones.

“The support came from my partner William, my dad and his lovely wife in Australia and my grandparents here in Ramsgate through the whole fight,” said Valentine.

As a survivor she lives with a 50% chance of the cancer returning and has to go for the nerve-racking check-ups every six months, but says she lives every day as it comes.

“Self-examination is very important, feel yourself for anything different, whether it is one breast larger than the other, a fluid coming out or a lump, don’t ignore it. Early detection saves lives.”

Valentine says it is vitally important for recently diagnosed people not to lose hope.

“Fight it with all you’ve got and never ever give up.”

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