After battling breast cancer, Tricia is proud of the scar that shows she survived.
Tricia was diagnosed with breast cancer – multiple invasive tumours and node spread She needed a breast removed and lymph nodes removed. She chose not to have reconstruction because (in her case) it would have meant “harvesting” a strip of shoulder muscle, and as she loves to rock-climb she would have lost too much power and mobility.
She then had aggressive chemotherapy and more surgery to finish removal of the lymph nodes. She chose a second round of surgery rather than radiotherapy, again, because she wanted to maximise her long term mobility. This all means that she has a stunning scar from her sternum to the back of her arm-pit. Stunning because it is perfectly straight and flat, no wrinkles or puckers, to her it is clean and beautiful – she is proud of it because it represents that fact that she has overcome cancer.
When it was new, Tricia says that it itched as it healed. Her friend Gemma sent her a bottle of Bio-Oil as it had really helped her scar when she had pins put in her ankle. Tricia started using it twice a day. Then she started using it on her face too. At her check-ups the surgeon commented on how well it was healing and how the skin was recovering from the trauma really well.
It is now nearly 2 years since the second surgery and she still regularly oils her scar after she showers. The chemotherapy has left her skin really sensitive – many of the creams and cleansers she used before now make her skin red and rough, but she says that Bio-Oil always leaves her skin soothed and soft. Tricia is now cancer free, and getting better and stronger and fitter every day.