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26 January 2007


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Jill Kenner of Luton and Leighton MM describes her responses to breast cancer

A diagnosis of breast cancer is a watershed
  • One moment you feel perfectly well: the next you discover a condition which could, in the longer run, prove life-threatening
  • Although I felt warm, even protective, towards my new-found lump, its presence was a profound shock
  • Life, it seemed, would never be the same again
  • Looking back, however, I find I would not in fact want life to be the same again

  • You have no choice over the coming of breast cancer, but you do have a choice over how to handle it
  • I hoped I could do so with acceptance and fortitude and also, if possible, with grace – grace being a power of gentleness and amelioration
  • Instead I found myself taken over by the darker power of fear – fear of pain, of ongoing treatment, of recurrence, fear of dying although not of death
  • All this fear, I found, used a lot of energy, filled a lot of space

  • Jill Kenner

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