Parenting With Breast Cancer

Sarah and Sophia

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.

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3 thoughts on “Parenting With Breast Cancer

  1. sarahylbrown

    Beautiful song and video, thx for sharing. You look fabulous. Hope the chemo’s going well. I’ve got my 5th cycle today, then just one more to go! Has flown by! Stay strong. Love and hugs xox

    Reply
    1. Sarah Mendoza

      Hi Sarah..
      I have my 5th cycle on the 12th and last one January… Yes i am doing ok .. just needing to sleep a lot lately.. The symptoms from having FEC 75 have actually been really controlled.. but I’m a stubborn boot I don’t let things get to me.. it is winter so sleeping comes naturally lol.. yes the video was my friends idea.. he introduced me to the song.. but we wanted to highlight the isolation with a cancer diagnosis and how children tend to fly that ribbon high, but really they feel left out the loop with plenty questions and zero support..

      see you on the 6th xxxx

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