The value of the moment
My name is An and I am 37 years old, married to a fantastic husband and a mother of four bright boys.
All was well until I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2013.
The news came as a bombshell, and was extremely hard for everyone around me to deal with, not least because my mother had been diagnosed with the same thing the year before. The memories of that difﬁcult time were still fresh in all our minds.
And now me … my children were eleven, eight, ﬁve and three at the time. I was told I had tumours in both breasts, and that I would have to undergo a double mastectomy. Not the easiest thing for a young woman to cope with.
Alongside my husband, my sister was a huge support during this time. She accompanied me to the hospital, asked the doctors exactly the right questions, waited patiently during all my examinations and wrote little poems to help cheer me up during my time in hospital after the operation. She looked after my children, cooked, ironed and did the shopping, while taking care of her own family at the same time.