Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Hello! My name is Kate, I am a 33-year-old woman, with a loving husband who is my best friend, and a first time mumma bear, with my baby girl born just 7 weeks ago. I have never been blessed with great health. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was just 12, and lupus, when I was 28. I have now very recently been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Being diagnosed at 33 weeks pregnant, completely broke me. The world stopped, and I didn’t know how I would overcome this. But like any other illness I have battled with, I knew this was just another hurdle to overcome, and that my daughter would be the pillar of strength I need. I have the most amazing and supportive family, and a wonderful friend network. I am currently fighting this battle with everything I have. I am resilient, determined and brave, and have truly discovered how much of a warrior I am since being diagnosed. COVID has been an absolute nightmare with impeccable timing both throughout my pregnancy, and now with what I am up against. I have recognised during this time, never to take special time with your family and loved ones for granted. Life is short, so live it.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I am a registered nurse, just recently graduating in 2018, and I love my job. I am from a family of nurses, so it runs in my blood. I love meeting new people and being able to bring some quality of life to those less fortunate and of ill health. While I was pregnant during COVID times, I was redeployed to a safer position, so feel like I haven’t nursed very much in my short career. I will be keen to get back to what I love as soon as physically possible. Right now, I am thoroughly enjoying maternity leave, and some much-needed quality time with my gorgeous little baby girl.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
Getting up every morning and facing the uncertainty of each day, fighting for my life. Feeling braver than ever, every Monday during chemotherapy, and tackling all of the side effects head on. I spend as much time as possible with my daughter in the moments I am well and fight this daily battle to watch her grow up and know how strong her mumma was for her.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Don’t take life for granted. Appreciate your family and friends and all of the time you are blessed to spend with them. Don’t worry too much about what other people think of you and try not to succumb to peer pressure to feel accepted. You are more than enough. Don’t hold grudges and tell people how much you love them every single day. LIVE YOUR LIFE!!
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Cry if you need to cry, it’s good for the soul. Ask for help from others, and don’t let your pride get the better of you. It’s okay to feel weak sometimes, you don’t have to be strong all of the time. Let yourself be angry, life isn’t always fair. Grieve for your losses and more importantly, accept what you cannot change. Live your life boldly and fiercely.