Welcome to this episode of the podcast. Today I am talking to Sara Liyanage. Sara is an author, blogger and someone who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42 years.
In this episode, Sara and I talk openly about her diagnosis. She recounts the story of how finding a lump in her armpit whilst away on holiday impacted her life in so many ways. We discuss how she coped with her surgery and chemotherapy, the amazing support she received from her family and friends. Sara also talks about how she decided to use her experience of having breast cancer, to help others.
To help Sara through her treatment, she started to make various checklists that she found really helpful. These checklists included things like how to prepare yourself for scans, what to bring for surgery and checklists to prepare for chemotherapy. After being asked to help a friend’s friend who was also diagnosed with breast cancer, Sara then realised that perhaps she can help others through their diagnosis and treatment by sharing her own experiences.
Sara now runs a website called ticking off breast cancer that helps women find out more about breast cancer through sharing stories. She is really passionate about her aim and mission and you can really hear this during our conversation.
Recently, Sara also published a book with the same title. In this book, she chronicles her experience from the time of her diagnosis all the way to post-treatment. The book is written with honesty, empathy and insight and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Sara and I had such a great time chatting with each other. I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did interviewing her.
You can follow Sara on instagram and facebook @tickingoffbreastcancer and on twitter @tickoffcancer.
If you want to learn more about the best way to do a breast examination, then you can listen to this episode to find out more.
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