When I count my blessings I count BOBC as one of them, that and my 2 amazing children Maddie & Finn. Does that sound odd? To me it sounds perfectly normal, because without the amazing funds raised by BOBC my other 2 blessings may of had a very different last 2 years or future. I'm 48, a Personal Trainer & injury rehabilitation coach. Im fit, active, eat well, represented my county at sport and gained the title of Sports Captain. I train at least 5 times a week, and have done since as long as I can remember.
In 2015 I discovered I had Breast Cancer. Strange thing was I kind of knew I had as soon as I found the lump ( all thanks to my son rugby tackling me one day). How damned inconvenient was my immediate thought, it was August, it was Summer holidays and to be honest was far too busy for this nonsense. I told everyone straight away, mainly as I didn't want it to be the elephant in the room at home or at the gym. My friends and family surprised me by being so shocked and surprised at my diagnosis. "How can you have cancer, you are soo fit?' a common response. 'Oh no, if you can 'it' then anyone can.' That there was my motivation to help anyone I came into contact with. YES, this could happen to anyone. In a way, although it might again sound odd, I'm glad it was me it did happen to, as I knew I could handle it and be level headed about it. All went to plan, and I considered myself lucky. Lucky to be so open about it, and lucky to have received incredible treatment, by incredible staff and equipment. It's only when you take a step back do you think , even if just for a fleeting second that everything could of been so very different from that moment on. What if I'd kept it to myself, cried myself to sleep every night, or kept it from the people who mean the most to me?
I never want anyone to have to do that, nor should they need to, So when I was asked by Debbie to be guest speaker at the incredible BOBC mascarade Ball I didn't have to think about it- it was a YES. If I could help just one person, one family member, one worried son or daughter, then me having had breast cancer was worth it surely. I'm now a very very proud Ambassador of BOBC, and I am passionate about doing more to raise awareness and funds for women - just like me.