Venus on diagnosis

Venus, a teacher from Nottingham, had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy after being diagnosed with uterine cancer. 

Now Venus has become one of Macmillan’s Cancer Voices, sharing her knowledge to help others going through similar experiences.

Venus' story

In May 2010 I was diagnosed with uterine cancer which came as a massive shock.

When I found out that I had uterine cancer it felt like it wasn’t me. It felt completely surreal and it felt totally, totally shocking. That’s the only way that I can describe it, it was completely shocking and totally disastrous. It felt like my whole world had collapsed.

All I heard were the words ‘uterine cancer’. I couldn’t even remember what the consultant had said next.

My biggest worries were telling my family, telling my parents. My sister was with me when I was diagnosed and she just burst into tears.

I don’t know how I got home and how I was able to tell my family and talk to my nearest and dearest about my symptoms and my future treatment. I don’t know what happened. Because it’s almost like I went into auto pilot.

I just felt as though someone had stabbed a knife into my heart, just there and then.

I went into shock. I asked them to check everything, to review their notes again, because I couldn’t quite believe that it was me that they were talking to because I always believed that I was a healthy person up until that point.

My main feelings were dread and fear. Like most people I thought that I was going to die, and it just felt like this was going to be the end of my world.

It’s that memory, that particular day, that time, everything I remember about that day. And it’s something that I carry with me all the time.

I never smoked, I never drank, I wasn’t obese. I’d always been very careful and health conscious.

Watch: all about Venus' experiences

Watch: all about Venus' experiences