This is a tough post to write…
My beautiful daughter in law Jenny has been thrown another gigantic LEMON in life and yet somehow she keeps smiling. I’m so proud of her and love her deeply. She is beautiful, creative and an amazing mother to her two special daughters and is my son’s soul mate. She has a great sense of humour, is very bubbly and is full of the lemony zest for life!
Tragically, Jens mum died of breast cancer when Jenny was only 13 and now she has recently found out that she has inherited the BRCA gene (breast cancer gene), which means she has an 80% chance of getting breast cancer herself…
It’s a pretty sour lemon that’s been thrown and thank goodness that Jenny is a beautiful, strong and amazing young woman and has chosen to look on this in the best possible way… She’s choosing LIFE as her option and has decided that the only way forward is to have a double mastectomy, which reduces her risk of getting breast cancer to less than 5%!
As Jenny says “This way, I can be here for my girls – my mum didn’t have that opportunity…”. I’m astounded at her bravery and the courageous way she is dealing with this…
Her operation is scheduled for the 26th October…. and rather than squeezing the ‘lemon’ in somebodies eye, this will be the day that she THROWS THE LEMON STRAIGHT BACK TO WHERE IT CAME FROM!!
Here in the UK we often criticise the National Health Service, but for Jenny and our family, they have come up trumps and we are so grateful that this opportunity to chuck the lemon back, by having a mastectomy, is available! For many other women around the world this would never be option….
We are incredibly lucky here in the UK and we should fight hard to ensure we never lose this wonderful institution!
The testing, treatment and options that have been provided by the NHS have been exceptional and gives us hope that the procedure will go well… although I’ll still be sending a prayer to the Angels for their help too!
It’s important also, to highlight the amazing advancement in Cancer treatment which has been made possible through the ground breaking research. Without the research, the BRCA genes would not have been identified and the chances of getting breast cancer would have remained very high for Jenny.
So if you are able, please continue to support the research into Cancer and help to enable more people to chuck their life lemons straight back, as this research is truly Life Saving!
Although Jenny will hopefully have reconstructive surgery, there are many more considerations and complications, that could arise, than would be the case if this was a cosmetic boob job’… We are keeping our fingers firmly crossed, that the operation next week and Jen’s recovery go the BEST THEY POSSIBLY CAN…
There is no doubt that the next few weeks and months are going to be tough for my family and yet there is a light of hope shining brightly at the end of this tunnel, which Jenny’s mum never had…
As the sun sets on each day of my life, I count my blessings and remember how precious and yet unpredictable life really is.
We can never know what each new dawn will bring, so enjoy this very moment… it can’t ever be repeated!
This has been a year of sour life lemons for some of my family and close friends and I add this photograph below to illustrate how quickly life can change… This was taken less than 2 years ago at Jen’s Hen Party…
How life has changed for the 2 beautiful ladies either side of me… Jenny’s beautiful best friend Kirsty would normally have been Jen’s rock (Kirsty in the blue dress, Jenny in cream). Tragically, Kirsty suffered a major stroke earlier this year and is currently fighting her own battle with life… I add this to the post to highlight the importance of living and enjoying every moment because every breath you take is a miracle and life can change in an instant..
Personally, I will be forever grateful to the NHS and the Cancer Researchers who have given Jenny this amazing opportunity, to continue living life to the full and to be the amazing mum she is to my beautiful granddaughters, an amazing wife to my son and the best daughter in law I could wish for!
I know Jen’s mum will be watching over her precious daughter with immense pride, from her magical moonbeam… https://brilliancewithin.com/2016/07/03/poem-magical-moonbeams/
I’m sure you will understand that my posts and comments will be less frequent over the next few weeks, as I step back to help my beautiful family through this cloudy time in their lives until they are all smiling once more!