My name is Fiona Leslie – and I have breast cancer. Don’t know if I’ll ever get used to saying that phrase!
I was diagnosed with cancer on November 26, 2013 at the age of 45, and this is a blog to capture my journey through treatment and recovery, keep friends and family up to date with how I’m doing, and to help me remember the lovely people and the funny experiences I’m having along the way.
In June 2014 I learned that my cancer had spread (there are a suspicion this was the case at the outset but wasn’t confirmed until follow-up scans after my initial six rounds of chemo). I have Secondary Breast Cancer in my lungs and spine which cannot be cured.
I’m a PR professional so writing is second nature to me and Fiona Leslie is my work/maiden name. In ‘real’ life I’m Fiona Cross, married to the lovely Ray for 20 years.
When first planning this blog I was going to call it ‘the new normal’ because that’s how I feel about life – I have entered a different universe where life is becoming dominated by hospital appointments and treatment schedules – my new normal way of life. But so many people had got there before me with variations on the theme I realised it wasn’t an original thought at all!
Scribbled in the front of my diary is the following quote which I love, but which has taken on a new meaning recently:
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
When a friend, hearing my news, also sent this quote to me I knew this was what to call my blog – it represents my positive outlook, and I might just don my wellies and do it for real over the coming months!