GET SUPPORT GET CONNECTED Your Voices Nisha What cancer were you diagnosed with? Stage 3 triple negative breast cancer What age were you diagnosed? 29 What has helped you to thrive? I am so lucky to be surrounded by my husband, my friends, and my family. They have all lifted me up when I've felt low and been with me at every step. I have found social media to be an invaluable resource. When my treatment meant that I couldn't get out as much as I wanted, being able to share my story and connect with others has been incredibly important. Being able to look back at how far I've come helps give me the strength to keep going. Nisha's Story My diagnosis came in the middle of my wedding preparations. We had the honeymoon of a lifetime planned, and it suddenly disappeared. I'd found a lump in my breast, and the surgeons told me that the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes. My doctors recommended that I cancel my wedding - but that was the furthest thing from my mind. If anything, all of the planning and organisation gave me something to focus on, to take my mind off my treatment. My wedding day was in the middle of my chemotherapy, but you wouldn't have been able to tell from the smile on my face. Still, I was back in hospital two days later for my next treatment. I kept smiling, and I kept fighting. Even when my hair began to fall out, I just whacked on the Whitney Houston and sang along whilst shaving it off! I was determined to make sure that the cancer didn't win. I've had to have a double mastectomy and preventative radiotherapy, and a number of operations to help the reconstruction process. Having BRCA-1 means that I have to be vigilant for any future signs of cancer recurring, but I feel fortunate that I have come so far, and that the cancer couldn't rob me of my smile.