We are delighted to announce our first topic – Parenting With Breast Cancer – and our first guest Sarah Mendoza.
Sarah, originally from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and now living in London, was diagnosed with Paget’s disease (a rare form of breast cancer) and wide spread, high grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), in 2009. Three years later, in July 2012, just before her six month check up, Sarah found a 5 mm lump and then a second 3 mm lesion was discovered. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Sarah feels so passionately about the topic of parenting with cancer that she recently made a video with her 8 year old daughter, Sophia, which expresses the isolation felt by the children of parents with cancer.
Our children, family and friends know the truth. They hear us crying at night, they experience the anger and frustration; they go to their beds with the same isolation of the unknown. And it is they that face the aftermath of our journey.
On Thursday, 6th December, Sarah will join the #BCCEU twitter chat to talk about the issues facing children when parents are diagnosed with cancer. We hope you will join us and share your own experiences and thoughts on this important topic.
- Follow Sarah on Twitter @MissApril2011
- Visit Sarah’s blog The Breast Cancer Lottery
- Read more about Paget’s disease