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The consultant had told me the more positive I was the better the outcome would be so, rather than thinking, ‘Why me,’ I thought, ‘Why wouldn’t it be me?
”At first, despite her positivity, she was concerned in case she never got to enjoy her first Christmas with her husband in the new house they had just bought.“I knew I was lucky to have made it as far as the surgery because it was such an aggressive form of cancer that most people who have it don’t survive to the end of the chemotherapy, but it was hard going through all that surgery,” said Jo, who was told she was cancer free, after six weeks of post surgery radiotherapy on Christmas Eve 2015.” But, instead of the celebration she was looking forward to, she soon realised her marriage was in trouble and, while she and her husband tried to work through their issues, they made a mutual decision to part.
And, in November 2016, she moved out of the home she had shared with Ella Mary’s dad and moved from Bottesford, North Lincolnshire, to Epworth, nearer her parents, to start her new life as a single mum.
Never one to be beaten, six months later she decided to look for romance and set up a profile on the dating site Tinder.“I’d been with Ella’s dad since I was 18, so it was a shock to discover that now everyone dates online,” she said.“Gone are the days of meeting someone at work or on a night out.
Deciding not to have reconstructive surgery, Jo explained that she did not want to risk having any more operations unless they were completely necessary.“My book tackles the question of when is the right time to tell someone you’ve had a mastectomy, or whatever cancer treatment you’ve had,” said Jo.
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In fact, I didn’t even know how to check.“I’d always thought of breast cancer as an older person’s disease, so I was just washing myself when I felt a lump that turned out to be a 4cm tumour which, according to the doctors, had grown to that size in just six months.
She continued: “On hearing that I had breast cancer, my only goal was to live, because I had a young child.