Diane on symptoms

Diane opens her car door.
Diane opens her car door.

The year Diane turned 48, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she found the lump in her breast, she waited before seeing anyone about it. She assumed it was unlikely to be anything more than a hormone-related cyst.

Diane's story

When I found the lump, [daughter] Alex was sitting her GCSEs and she was doing so well that my friend and I and her daughter all booked to go to New York together. And so we went in June when her GCSEs had finished. 

I can remember being in New York saying, 'Oh you know I found a lump,' and Isabel saying, 'Oh you need to get it checked.' But I'd had this coil fitted so I just thought oh it must be connected, it's my hormones. I didn't leave it for a long period of time - probably a month. I was constantly aware that it wasn't going. I was checking every time I had a shower thinking, no, it's still there. 

It was the size of a ping-pong ball then probably, to me it felt huge, but probably in the scheme of things it wasn't. And where it was meant it was quite pronounced. When I was diagnosed I did think, oh god, I wish I'd gone earlier, as soon as I'd found it. But sometimes you just think, I don't want to make a fuss and it'll probably go.

Watch: all about Diane's experiences

Watch: all about Diane's experiences