I haven’t blogged in a while, and there is a good reason for that. My life has gotten back to normal. In fact, life is better than normal, it’s amazing! I am currently 1yr 1 month and 25 days in remission and life could not be better.

I am completely without pain now. The nerve pain that I was left with after the operation has healed which means I wake up every day without pain, which is something I have not experienced since October 2015!

I am six weeks into a new job working at a Funeral Directors. I know it sounds like a morbid job to go into after everything that’s happened but I love it! I can honestly say it’s the best job I’ve ever had. The feeling that I’m making a difference to families is huge, and my colleagues are all so lovely. Being back in the real world, being an independent grown-up again is amazing. I’m making new friends, using my brain and being me again and I absolutely love it! I thought working full time would make me tired after having a year out of work, but it’s not. I’m the first to wake up in our house every morning and I get up happy and actually looking forward to going to work. I come home in the evenings looking forward to catching up with my husband and children and go to bed happy.

I am also thirteen weeks into my Master’s degree in Psychology. I love it. After graduating from my bachelor’s degree in 2013 I always said I wanted to do my Master’s degree. After everything that happened last year we realised that you never know what’s around the corner, so you should take your opportunities to do what you want when you want. I’m doing really well, and so far am achieving A’s and B’s in all my essays, despite juggling the workload with full-time working and having my family at home.

I attended a meeting last week with Tina, the manager of the Cosham Support Centre, to talk to a board of clinicians and council executives about my journey and how the Wessex Cancer Trust helped me, which felt great. I love the fact that I can do something to give back to Wessex Cancer Trust after all the support they have given me.

I can honestly, hand on heart, say that without the Wessex Cancer Trust I wouldn’t be in the situation that I am now. They helped to ‘put me back together’ after my diagnosis and surgery. I am still having consultant appointments to have my regular ‘MOT’s’, but apart from that, I am putting my journey firmly in the past. I am taking all the positives that have come from it and using them to improve the future of myself and my family.

Cancer has taught me to prioritise the important things in life, make the most of every second, take opportunities when they are presented to you, and not to fret the small stuff. Do what makes you happy. It sounds like a cliché but you genuinely get one shot at life. Don’t leave it too late to do the things you want to do. The worst thing to have in life is regrets.

I will forever be grateful to Wessex Cancer Trust for everything they have done for me and my family and will continue to support them and tell everyone I know how great they are.

I finally have my life back, and I’m back bigger and better than before (well, not bigger – I’ve also lost 22lb!).

This post is not designed to brag about all the good things that are happening in my life, but to illustrate how life can turn around after a cancer diagnosis. Mine has and I will never look back.

 

You can hear more about Emily's story on her personal blog.