My name is Amy and this is my story.
In June of 2016 I first felt a lump in my right breast. A mammogram revealed that there were lumps in both breasts with further biopsies proving them to be benign. But because of a family history with this I asked my GP for them to be removed but she strongly advised against doing so. Instead biannual mammogram was the course of action followed to monitor the status of the lumps.
I now regret not seeking a second opinion as in 2021 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy after a diagnosis of Osteosarcoma. I also received the strongest level of chemotherapy to overcome this cancer. Having now completed treatment I am battling daily with peripheral neuropathy with burning feelings in my feet and having to learn to write again as my hands are also affected with neuropathy.
Daily exercise has enabled me to walk longer and to drive my car once more. Being alone I am so pleased to be able to drive again and at least go out and visit others. I also attend Bloomhill three times per week for exercises and also to enjoy the company of others in a similar situation as we provide a support for each other as we share our stories.
Having heard of Bloomhill I never thought that I would need the services which they so professionally provide with kindness and understanding towards all who enter their doors. Their positive attitude is helpful in keeping spirits alive with Ryan being so professional in tailoring exercises to suit each client’s needs.
I would like to emphasise that at the time of diagnosis each person needs to choose wisely re the course of treatment you would wish to follow for had I sought a second opinion my story could have had a different ending. Never be afraid to seek a second opinion for your health is your responsibility.
To whoever is reading this, if you share anything I’ve said, please know you’re not alone. I hope you find professional support, strength and connection. These things help – and so does exercise!
By Amy Somers
Published: Nicky Moffat September 2022 Images: Patrick Woods Photography