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Living with Breast Cancer: 3 survivors tell their stories and give their best advice to live better while battling the disease

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I am Philippa Glover and am a certified Nutrition Coach. I have a home in Singapore with my husband Nick and the love of our everyday life, Fraser, our Cavoodle. I am from New Zealand and many types of my family lives back there.

When were you clinically determined and what is your diagnosis? Can you describe your journey by using breast cancer?

It was 2012 and I was only 33 whenever i was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was fit and healthy and cancer has not been in my family, I did not fit into the stereotype for people which have been at risk for cancer. As I was living in Dubai when i bought it and I remember the phone call from my best breast cancer hospital love it was yesterday. It was a Sunday evening at 9pm. I remember starting to cry and after hanging up from the health care provider I made the calls to my family. After that overnight I don’t recall crying again because ‘I had cancer’. I thought well this is it, and just went through the exercises to do everything I could to get better. I told myself that does not mean death, and just knew it would not get everyone.

What were the biggest challenges you had to overcome?

My 1st biggest challenge was to accept that because of my get older I may have gone into permanent menopause. I was in a quite recent relationship and we wanted to have a family. After doing some homework and talking to different doctors about the risks of ‘harvesting’ my eggs, we decided to take the risk and travelled to Denmark for the treatment (it could not be done around Dubai as Nick and I weren’t married at the time). Unfortunately, the fertilising of my eggs did not operate and we lost them all. For me, this was more heartbreaking as compared with being diagnosed with beast cancer tumor removal. And I was very lucky any time 18 months of treatment my body came back to normal and I wasn’t menopausal. And my goodness, was I grateful because of the menopause symptoms for me were almost as horrible because chemo itself. (Just not looking forward to having to go through perimenopause for the second time! )

I wasn’t worried about the loss of my hair, it grows back and there are some fantastic wigs out there and some beautiful scarves. (When it came period to shave my head, my husband gave me a Mohawk. It absolutely was hilarious. ) Plus, because I have dark frizzy locks I was hoping it would come back blonde and straight (she laughs) And there was a bonus: I didn’t have to get rid of anything! I even got married in the middle of treatment. ?t had been fantastic…. didn’t have to worry about getting my hair done, I just now put on a really lovely wig!

I was, however , worried about the exact mastectomy and how I would look afterward, but the surgeon would a brilliant job and I got a new perky boob! We were also worried about how the chemo would make me feel, and then to be honest some days it was bearable and other days I just urgent needed to die, but the feeling didn’t last long and I stomach right again.

I had really supportive husband, friends and also colleagues. And my family in NZ (and the in-laws in the UK) were there for me even if from afar. (However, having the Halza app would have been an amazing solution to retaining everyone up to date at the same time). The nurses and medical practitioners were also so amazing, I never felt alone or simply scared while dealing with everything.

What is the best advice you could have for people who face Breast Cancer?
Best advice would be to keep life like normal as possible. I continued to work, though I am confused how productive I was! I went in on days to weeks I felt well and did half days. I just continued to socialise, again, when I felt well. As I didn’t feel good I just rested. Nick would as well take me for couples’ spa treatments every now and then. My favorite only exercise was walking. We had just gotten Fraser after I was diagnosed and I really think he was the best determination we made. Because we had him, I had to take them for daily walks, and as he was the cutest dog he kept me laughing and happy. He was pretty good for our spirits. I would suggest to anyone dealing with cancer procedure to do what they can when it comes to exercise, but if nothing believes manageable, at least get up and out for a brief go every other day or so. The other hard part was to digestive system food. I would suggest eating whatever you feel like but also, as I here’s now a Nutrition Coach, I would suggest eating loads of vegetables and fruits and leafy greens to keep your body nourished with decent nutrients and fiber (trust me: the constipation can be excruciating! ). Your body is being pumped full of poisons this means you need to give it a helping hand to keep it ‘detoxed’ as much as possible. Thinking back, I remember when I had my initial dose of chemo all I could eat was a mashed potato, a few weeks later I could only eat corn in the cob, next I could only stomach popcorn. Listen to along with trust your body.

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