"When I was diagnosed with a high grade breast cancer in November last year at the age of 25, I thought my life was over. Who even has to think of their own mortality at that age?
Through the enormous support of friends, family and people I didn't know very well, I have made it through 2 lots of surgery and chemo therapy. I still have a few hurdles to over come but have made it through the toughest bits. So many people say things happen for a reason.... I don't believe there is a reason for this but I believe I am a different person because of it. I have learnt the real meaning of human kindness, seen the bravery and determination of other patients and learnt that nothing in life is worth worrying to much about.
Life is way to short you just have to grab on and embrace every single second of it."
After numerous rounds of chemo, 2 loads of surgery, had her beautiful eggs harvested, all the while looking at the stats and contemplating her own mortality - on Wednesday, Emma underwent a double mastectomy - an incredibly invasive, yet essential surgery. It went well, but there is still a long road ahead.
A couple of weeks ago we took some stills. For self preservation and to capture just a few of the turbulent emotions one feels whilst on that cancer journey. Cancer is aggressive and confusing. It's isolating and suffocating even when you are surrounded by your closest and most favourite humans. These are the words I picked up from just chatting with Emma. But why not read her own account here, on her blogspot. They're raw, honest, humorous, devastating and humble.
Emma. You are beautiful. Then and even more now.
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