MoonWalker Eva is living a full life, following her secondary breast cancer diagnosis

I still have so many years to live and so much that I want to do.

Eva with husband Chris and daughters Lilly and Maya, just after Eva’s secondary breast cancer diagnosis.

Eva’s story:
“At the end of 2017, I was checking myself, when I found a lump in my right breast. I was only 34, but I’d always checked my breasts regularly and knew that if I found anything which hadn’t been there before, that I should make an appointment with my GP. It was a huge shock when I was diagnosed with breast cancer – my daughters Maya and Lilly were only six and seven at the time.

It had never been widely discussed in our family, but it turned out that several relatives had been diagnosed previously with breast or ovarian cancer. I asked my consultant if it was possible I might have the altered BRCA gene, which means that carriers have a greater chance of breast and ovarian cancer. I had some tests and came back positive for BRCA1.

Although my left breast was completely clear of cancer, I opted to have a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction, as a preventative measure – I later had my ovaries removed too.  Opting for surgery wasn’t a difficult decision for me. I wanted to be able to dance at my daughters’ weddings, see them starting their own lives and having their own families.

In August 2023, I found a lump near my collarbone and had a scan, which actually discovered three lumps in total. I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer just before my 40th birthday - a huge surprise. Even though I’d had so much tissue removed, I knew there was a tiny chance that one small cancer cell might be floating around in my body and start growing.

Yes, I’m fighting breast cancer again and this time it can’t be cured, but I’m here to tell the story.  My treatment is now a monthly injection of hormonal therapy, as well as chemotherapy tablets. I’m actually feeling really well, although sometimes a little more tired, near the end of the working week. Although I’m now back on treatment for cancer and always will be, I’m still able to work as a childminder, which I absolutely love. I’m also still raising my girls and getting on with life. Nothing has drastically changed. Research into breast cancer is constantly progressing and as things stand, I don’t feel that my secondary diagnosis is the end of the world at all. For the moment, I’m making the most of every day - my husband Chris has been an absolute rock throughout. He was quite angry when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, but I told him that it’s no-one’s fault. We have our faith, which helps us too.

Eva in hospital, the day after her double mastectomy, with mum Maria

Just after I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer, I went on a wonderful holiday to Marbella with a group of female friends to celebrate my 40th birthday. One of them, Carrie-Ann, asked me whether I fancied signing up for The MoonWalk London and I said yes! We all registered for the Half Moon (15.1 miles). The group has been a huge support and always check in on me. We wanted to do something really positive to spread the word about breast cancer and to raise some money along the way. And of course we want to have fun!

The money we’re raising will make a huge difference to me and to so many others. Even if we can’t cure cancer, hopefully even more people will be able to live a full life with it. I still have so many years to live and so much I want to do”.

Eva in Marbella for her 40th birthday with her friends and her Mum.

Thank you for sharing your story Eva.
We look forward to seeing you and your team at The MoonWalk London 2024


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