""Since that day, Ann Parkin, my specialist breast cancer nurse, has been amazing. She sat with me when I received my diagnosis, and she promised that she would be there for me throughout my treatment.
"This was particularly important when I was told that chemotherapy had caused significant damage to my heart – it was no longer pumping blood efficiently to the rest of my body.
"When I had to stop chemotherapy because of the damage it was causing my liver, Ann was on hand to cut through the medical speak, reassure and explain. I can call or email her at any time of the day and speak as a person, not as a cancer patient."Before cancer arrived, I was juggling hours of studying with life as a mum to a son with special educational needs. I don’t know what I would have done without the support of the nurses on my course and on placement too. After I had my mastectomy they sent me a card, flowers and some vouchers. I cried when I received them as I had only known these people for a few months.
"When my manager drove to my house to collect my ID badge and laptop, she explained that funding for my placement had been ringfenced and that I could return to work whenever I felt ready. I’m now back at work and study part-time too. I love my role as a student health visitor, it’s a privilege to support families through the most difficult times."I still have limitations with my mobility and experience fatigue due to the damaged caused by treatment, but I have now have no evidence of disease.