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.