Cancer has changed me, not only physically but emotionally and mentally as well.
In my life I have done many things. I started out as an office junior on a young workers scheme and worked my way up to become a buyer managing a small department. I continued my career instigating and co-ordinating cost reduction projects. It was a rewarding but it meant long hours, travel and stress.
When trying for a family was proving difficult I decided to take a huge gamble and I gave up my job with its nice pay and bonuses and started to work for a company in my village. 50% pay cut BUT it meant I actually got a lunch break and the hours were 9-5!!!!! Less stress and bingo.... Joe came into being.
When Harry was born my pay wouldn't cover child care costs so I gave up my job with saddness because I had changed the role from a secretarial position to an admin post and I really enjoyed it very much.
I am not a stay at home mum so despite the fact that I had huge problems with my boys for my own sanity I started to do Avon.
Avon gave me so much confidence and I realised that I could do anything I set my mind too so when Pickles my miniature schnauzer came into my life I enrolled on a course and became a dog groomer.
My business was beyond successful and was built on reputation and word of mouth so when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 it was a shock to have to give up my business.
Cancer took over my life for the 2 years of treatment. Dealing with the countless hospital visits and the side effects of treatment.
In the 3rd year I suffered from depression because I realised that my life had changed because of cancer. I was unable to physically do the things I used to do.
In the 4th year I had another breast cancer.
So here I am now with my 4 and 1 year clears under my belt and I am starting to get back to work very very slowly because my physical disabilities have curtailed what I am able to do.
Truth is though..... I dont know what I want to do with the rest of my life.
I want to work for myself but I dont know what.
Of course, if I had the money there are loads of things I could do, I would have the money to re train but thats not an option for me.
So I feel as though I have come to a cross roads in my life and I am standing here puzzled and confused as to which road I need to travel down.