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Mary's Journey

I got married in 2002 to a wonderful guy and we have two beautiful kids, our girl is 12 and our little boy is seven.

It came out of the blue I just felt a lump and went to my doctor and… Well when you hear the word breast cancer, straight away you think, well I thought I was going to die.

It was a shock for all of us and we were as a family everyone gathered around and it was quite unbelievable. I was told on the Friday and on Saturday I was taking my children to swimming lessons as if nothing was going on but, inside I was a mess.

The more I talked to my doctor I realised that there are different types of breast cancers and mine was a non-aggressive type.

When I get dressed or when I'm putting on a swimsuit I look at myself and I'm happy with what I've got there because, I feel like Mary.

Through those months last year, what I kept thinking about is the holiday that we were going to have, the swimmers that I would be able to wear and how to feel good about myself.

Plastic-surgery means something different for every woman and whatever that decision is or whatever leads them to that decision is such a personal thing. I think as women we need to support each other and whatever makes a woman happy, is what she should do and that's exactly what I did. I have no regrets.

Now we are in 2019 I'm back into fitness, weightlifting and life is good. When I get dressed or when I'm putting on a swimsuit I look at myself and I'm happy with what I've got there because, I feel like Mary.