An epilogue and a place for your comments
I hope you found my Breast Cancer Diary worthwhile.
I'll be delighted to hear what you have to say about my diary or any of the issues raised, so please leave your comments or questions at the bottom of this page.
You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Although the first section is a grim affair, I counter this with humour in the more upbeat second part. I have endeavoured to achieve a proper balance between the gravity of breast cancer and the frivolity of my photo shoot.
Living with breast cancer
My daily journal of the raw first three months following diagnosis of breast cancer
Looking on the bright side
A light-hearted tale of baring all for photos after radical treatment for the disease
Leonard Cohen sings there "ain't no cure for love" but neither is there a cure for breast cancer – only remission. It is an unpredictable disease, and we don't know if it will return more deadly than before. I respect and admire those facing a much greater ordeal with cancer than mine, including some other Bright Side models.
The way some women and men cope with such misfortune makes me feel humble. I hope that they don't feel the pink ribbons, charity runs and naked calendars are futile gestures. These are just the ways we express our feelings about the disease and the people we have lost. Most significantly, they help us to have a positive attitude to life, which is vital in our struggle to come to terms with cancer.
Both writing my daily journal and my experiences as a model proved to be cathartic for me. I hope my diary helps others who are also surviving breast cancer by communicating the following:
- Don't despair during the darkest days of diagnosis and treatment
- Never delay getting any suspicion checked out regardless of an earlier 'all clear'
- Your greatest asset to help you get through this period is the support of family and friends
- Reclaim your femininity afterwards and gain a better self-image
- Make the most of every day and always look on the bright side
I offer my heartfelt thanks to:
- My family and friends for unstinting support during my illness.
- The many dedicated NHS healthcare professionals involved in my treatment.
- Wonderfully talented Amanda for creating such beautiful images of me.
- Di and the other strong and beautiful "On the Bright Side" models for providing inspiration.
- Harriet, Janet and Karli for helping me look my best in the shoot.
- The generous sponsors of my photo shoot for supporting my charity page.
- Northlight Studios and Rufus for making my photo shoot possible.
- John for typing up my journal and designing the layout of this website
- Angela for helping John and I throughout the project
- Carol, who has since sadly succumbed to cancer herself, for looking after my boys.
- John, Gary, Gaynor and Denise for the photos of me with my clothes on.
- Diney, who through her "Older Mums Are Fun" blog planted the seed that led to this website.
- You for your interest in my Breast Cancer Diary.
Best wishes, Nicki x