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’m writing this from my hospital bed and, apart from feeling like an elephant in stilettos has been tap dancing on my chest, I feel great.
The mastectomy went well and while the pain is temporary, the peace of mind that this operation has granted me will last a lifetime.
On the day itself everything happened so quickly. I went down to theatre at 8.30am and the next thing I knew it was 2.30pm and I was coming round in the recovery room.
I can’t deny that I was in a lot of pain that first day. I was scared, disorientated, nauseous and extremely uncomfortable but the staff both in recovery and on the ward were amazing.
They regularly assessed my pain levels, ensuring I was as comfortable as possible and were all just so kind and attentive, I can’t thank them enough for all they did for me.
I’d like to say a special thank you to my ward neighbour Wendy Evans. Not only did her positive attitude and chat make me smile every day, she even went out of her way to help me with straightening my bed and carrying my drains, despite being in for a surgery herself.
A few days later and I’m feeling a bit better, the pain is under control and I’m moving more freely. Above all I’m feeling positive. This has always been about protecting myself against the cancer that took my mum, aunty and many others I love and I feel I have taken a huge step in achieving that.