For Jill Solomon, the hardest part of her cancer diagnosis was what to say to family and friends and in particular her three school-age sons.
“Having to tell them was a touchy moment. They are 15, 13 and 10. Because it was breast cancer, they didn’t want to know too much,” she says. “I decided I had to keep it quite factual, and ensure life did not change too much for them.”
Jill was able to work through much of her months of treatment, that involved a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation.
“I was coming to the end of my chemotherapy treatment and I started to think ‘what is the new me going to look like?’. I had an aunty who had been through Look Good Feel Better, and she said it was an amazing day.
“It is a safe place to hang out for a couple of hours - you feel safe being vulnerable with other people who are going through or have been going through it, they understand the challenges that you face – such as having no eyelashes or eyebrows. I use the tricks I learned now, and I am using the products, says Jill.
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You can read Jill’s full story here: www.dryjuly.co.nz/2020/jills-story