My name is Maureen Kenny. I’m 52, I have a husband and two teenage sons and I have a great job. I’m originally from Glasgow but have lived in south London for around 25 years, and I’ve been diagnosed with primary breast cancer.
The cancer is at an early enough stage to be curable, so I consider myself lucky. To say the diagnosis knocked me for six is an understatement. Breast cancer now apparently affects one in eight women (thus the name of my blog), but you never think the one will be you.
When you’re first diagnosed, a million thoughts start swirling round your head. So late the other night, I decided I’d jot a few of them down. Before I knew it, it was 2.40am and I’d written four “chapters”. But rather than feel tired, I felt calmer than I’d done in days. Then, I thought, why not share it all? So once I start treatment, I’ll be killing two birds with the one stone. It’ll be therapeutic and it’ll save me from having to tell lots of different people much the same thing over and over again.
So if you want to share the ride and support me during the months ahead, read on. I plan to be frank but I’ll try not to make it too bleak. I’m sure there’ll be a few laughs along the way.