Emily Ranoble: ‘It’s scary to think about the op’

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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.

Thank you for all the positive responses I’ve received on the back of my first column.

Emily Ranoble. Picture by James Hardisty.

Emily Ranoble. Picture by James Hardisty.

The support I have received throughout this process has been instrumental in giving me the confidence to take this step.

My operation is now one week away and as it gets closer I am inevitably thinking about it more. These thoughts vary from practical considerations, such as asking my nan to source sensible slippers for my hospital stay, to more emotional matters, such as wondering how I’ll feel about my body when it’s all over.

The practical things are easily resolved – I have been reliably informed that the slippers have been taken care of – but the emotional elements are taking longer for me to get my head around.

Other than the looming spectre of cancer I have always enjoyed excellent health, so this will be my first ever operation. I know that I am in the best hands possible at Pinderfields, but I’m still finding the thought of surgery quite daunting.

Emily's mum Shelley, who passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

Emily's mum Shelley, who passed away after a battle with breast cancer.

While it is scary to think about exactly what is going to happen to my body while I am asleep, I keep reminding myself of why I am doing this. When I saw that lovely picture in the paper last week of me with my beautiful mum I was more convinced than ever that I am doing the right thing.

Even if my new boobs aren’t perfect they’ve got to be a better option than the ticking time bombs I have now.