The woman shares her survival story about cancer after she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer
A nurse who was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer after noticing a change in her nipple shape has warned women to be careful with breast checks.
Alison Kristensen, from Brisbane, was 48 years old in March 2015 when doctors discovered a 60 millimeter tumor in her right breast and told her to undergo emergency surgery.
“I’ll never forget the phone call where the doctor said to me,” Alison, you have breast cancer, “Alison, now 52, told FEMAIL.
Alison had no family history of the disease, but decided to take a mammogram when she noticed that her nipple looked “abnormal” in the mirror and felt a small “mass” in her right breast.
Brisbane nurse Alison Kristensen (photo) was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer after she noticed a change in her nipple shape
“I went to the Wesley Breast Clinic in Brisbane for a mammogram and screening,” she said.
Alison had no family history of cancer
“I was at work when they told me the screening results and urgently got to one private surgeon. ”
Alison described the entire experience as “painful, surreal, and traumatic,” and said she had avoided controls because she had never noticed worrying symptoms.
Shortly after diagnosis, Alison had a breast amputation to remove the breast, as well as a radical axillary lymph node dissection to remove any cancerous lymph nodes.
“I woke up in the recovery room with unbearable pain and received medication before being driven to my room,” she said.
When the realization of losing her right breast sank, she soon became “upset.”
Shortly after diagnosis, Alison had a breast amputation to remove the breast and radical axillary lymph node dissection to remove any cancerous lymph nodes
When she realized that she lost her right breast, she soon became ‘upset’
The operation took place on March 8 and Alison was sent home two days later.
“The pain in my chest was so intense and the nerve pain around the operating area was terrible for several weeks.
“I went home with a chest drain that had to be emptied daily because it would fill with blood,” she said.
“I received every type of treatment that was recommended for chemotherapy from two weeks after surgery. I had it every third Tuesday, along with the daily radiation during the first five weeks. “
Alison “felt like she was dying” after the first week of chemotherapy and couldn’t stop crying.
Alison “felt like she was dying” after the first week of chemotherapy and couldn’t stop crying
What are the most common symptoms of breast cancer?
* Breast nodules
* Changes in size or shape of breasts
* Changes in the skin, including dimples, rashes or folds of the breast
* Changes in a nipple such as turning or just feeling different than normal
* Abnormal nipple discharge
* Inflamed breast where your breast may appear red or swollen
* Hard breasts
* A red, flaky rash on the chest
* Chest pain
Source: Cancer Council Australia
Alison works as a mental health nurse and was previously contracted with the Australian Army to assist traumatized soldiers returning home.
During her cancer trial, Alison used mindfulness and music to raise her mind because she was determined not to fall victim to the disease.
“It was a tough time and there were many tears, especially when I slowly started to lose my hair and had to wear bandanas or hats,” she said.
“But I had to work, I didn’t stop working and just kept going.”
Alison’s positive attitude, spirit and good sense of humor helped her push through the cancer experience.
She is now encouraging women to have their breasts checked by a doctor, even if they assume nothing is wrong.
Alison’s positive attitude, spirit and good sense of humor helped her push through the cancer experience
To be free from cancer for five years, Alison decided to go on holiday abroad.
“Last November I said to myself,” I’m alive, I’m healthy and happy, so I’m going to quit my job in Brisbane, rent out my apartment and set off for Italy, “she said.
Alison is currently traveling around Italy on the vacation of her dreams.