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2016-02-03 16.43.28

Today, February 4th 2016, is World Cancer Day.

My name is Lesley Burdett and today I don’t have cancer, specifically Breast Cancer. I know this as yesterday I attended the Brighton Breast Clinic for tests into a lump that appeared in my left breast during the back end of 2015. A visit to my doctors mid January lead to my referral to the breast clinic and the two week wait for my appointment felt like a lifetime. My head was filled with what if’s and I mentally prepared myself to accept and deal with any diagnosis given. I felt I was in the known bracket for breast cancer. I’m a mum of three and breast fed all of my boys, I have been on the pill for many years on and off, I am a smoker and am the wrong side of 45. The only thing I had in my favour, is there is no history of breast cancer in my family.

An early arrival at the clinic saw an initial examination and I was sent to have a mammogram and ultrasound. The mammogram was pretty uncomfortable if I am honest. I am not endowed with huge bazookas so having to squish my little boobs into the perspex sandwich instruments, did make light of the situation. An ultrasound followed soon after and after a few mins of checking and the machine beeping, the doctor said “You have a cyst in your left breast, would you like me to drain it?” “Oh yes!” was my reply. The relief I felt lying in the darkened room was immense. The cyst was drained within minutes and hurt no more than a blood test. The doctor was happy with colour/look of the fluid which was drained and it will be sent off for testing as a precaution. A follow up chat post ultrasound with the original doctor, confirmed that over the next few years, I may be susceptible to further cysts and I should contact my own doctor if this happened. I thanked the doctor and praised her and the staff for how well and how quickly they had dealt with me. Thank god for our NHS.

I actually type this post with some guilt as I have two good friends who have recently battled with breast cancer, mastectomies, chemo and radiotherapy, you know who you are, as well as other friends who have battled cancer in the past. I know I have been lucky on this occasion so I want to take this opportunity to ask you and all my friends, female and male, to take a moment at some point today to check your bits and bobs. It just takes a minute and could save your life.

Finding a breast lump has also helped me find the strength to give up smoking again so I am like a bear with a sore head at the moment but know it’s in mine and beautiful family’s best interests. I’d like to thank the very small group of people who knew about my boob lump for their concern and love and a very special shout out to my man Dave for being there for me.

Take care out there and my thoughts go to anyone battling Cancer right now #fuckcancer

Lesley
x

p.s. Do you know how hard it is to write on your own boob?!
p.p.s. If you are offended by my post’s photo then go bite yourself #freethenipple

19
Jan

Meet Lizzy

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I would like to introduce you to Lizzy.

Lizzy was diagnosed with Breast Cancer just 4 weeks into her pregnancy. She has undergone a mastectomy, Lymph node clearance and chemo during her pregnancy. Her little miracle is due to be delivered by c-section at the end of January and her obstetrician has agreed to allow me to photograph the birth …. EEK! I am so very excited but scared at the same time as capturing this little miracle’s arrival into the world will be one of the most personal things I have ever been invited to photograph. I am quite emotional … and know I will need tissues at the birth already!

In the middle of a house move … yes she is crazy … Lizzy mentioned she had a maternity appointment last week, so as we haven’t actually met yet, I suggested turning up to take some photos. Her lovely midwife agreed so I dropped in to her clinic to shadow her.

To be honest it was great being a fly on the wall, taking me back to when I was pregnant (I am mum to 3 gorgeous boys), having my blood pressure taken, being measured and listening to bump’s heart beat. I don’t miss the cold jelly though!

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Listening to Lizzy talk, she was right on top of her treatment, blood counts and medicines. The amount of people that are looking after her and bump is astonishing! Her excellent sense of humour was apparent and I know this lady and her precious bump are fighters. Much kudos to you Lizzy x

So watch this space, for news re the induction of Lizzy’s bump. Finger’s crossed please Infinity peeps!

Just a reminder my personal project for 2015 is ‘The Human Life Cycle’ with a view to putting together an exhibition in Spring 2016. I think my project pretty much covers anything from birth to death so please get in touch if you have something interesting that you would like me to consider: lesley@infinityphotographic.co.uk Here’s a blog post of when my own mum was very poorly recently to show you how passionate I am about recording the small but important details all the while keeping my photography true.

Here’s the rest of photos from Lizzy’s trip to her midwife:

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