Two generations of women on the maternal side of Birstall 26-year-old Emily Ranoble’s family have been affected by breast cancer.
She is due to have radical surgery to stop her developing the disease and is writing a weekly blog each Monday in the YEP.
I am pleased to say that at the time I am writing this I have been given a new date for my mastectomy and everything looks set to go ahead.
Pinderfields called me last week and booked me in for Monday April 27, or in other words, today.
I have my fingers and toes crossed that as you are reading this I am at the hospital and everything is going ahead as planned.
But given what happened last time – when the operation was cancelled – I am very wary of getting my hopes up, so much so that I don’t actually believe it is going to happen.
I won’t dare to believe it is going ahead until I am in the operating theatre and starting to fall asleep.
As a result, at this moment in time, I am feeling less nervous about the procedure itself than I was the first time around, although I’m sure that if it still hasn’t been cancelled by this morning the nerves will definitely start to creep in.
The cancellation knocked me back more than I expected last time around.
I like to think of myself as a resilient character and I do tend to remain positive even in the face of setbacks, but I think I had underestimated just how much my thoughts had been occupied with all of this.
So I guess now I just have to get my head back in the game, and get myself prepared for it going ahead this time.
Wish me luck!