Gemma's journey

Trusting my Instincts

Gemma Cockrell

Tags bilateral mastectomy, breast cancer, cancer blog, mastectomy blog

Trusting my Instincts
I really thought that I was totally at ease having just the one boob and not wearing a bra.  I was happy not to have had reconstruction, which was the choice I had made early on and been very happy with.  However, I started to hold myself differently, covering up my right side with my arm.

Pinot & Grigio - Cancer Blog #6

Gemma Cockrell

Tags breast cancer blog, breast cancer surgery, mastectomy

Pinot & Grigio - Cancer Blog #6
So once again, back to the hospital for another operation.  I was getting good at this!  When I got there a lovely lady asked me if she could follow my journey for the day as she was training to be a theatre technician.  

Not much fun for Dad! - Cancer blog #5

Gemma Cockrell

Not much fun for Dad! - Cancer blog #5

So with my first mammogram over and done with and a good result I kinda just got on with life. I did think about the word ‘cancer’ every day, and obviously I was looking at my now weird-ass boob but that was ok. I felt lucky to have a husband who cared about me, and was just worried I was ok, rather than being bothered about how I looked. I was back at work, where the girls and all the customers were really supportive and caring. It was really the best place for me to be as it gave me...


Walnuts and Wizened Fruit. Cancer blog #4

Patrick Kennedy

Walnuts and Wizened Fruit. Cancer blog #4

Hi there, me again So there I was sitting in my surgeon’s office two weeks after my operation. I’m not sure what I was expecting her to say but it definitely wasn’t ‘so we didn’t get all the cancer and we’ve booked you in for another operation in two weeks time.’ Oh, ok, sure. WHAT?? And that was it, I was once again preparing for another operation so they could get all of the cancer out. Why didn’t they just take the whole boob off and save a lot of time and anguish, but no, they couldn’t do that. Once...


The Dawn of the Cyberman (woman). Cancer blog #3

Patrick Kennedy

The Dawn of the Cyberman (woman). Cancer blog #3

Hello again! So with family and friends told, it was basically time to get on with it. I was booked in for an operation only two weeks after being diagnosed, which was great because it didn’t give me too much time to think about it. I asked, right from the outset, if I could have a double mastectomy but my surgeon said it wasn’t necessary. At that time, Angelina Jolie was in the news having had a double mastectomy with reconstruction because she had a high chance of developing breast cancer. Yet here I was, actually diagnosed, and being told...

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