When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 I didn’t know anyone else who had it; there was no family history… none of my friends… or their friends or families, so I felt pretty much alone. In fact the only person who I did know, was Kylie Minogue. And by saying that I knew her, I didn’t actually know her personally. I was a fan of her music and I, like the rest of the population, was stunned to hear about her breast cancer diagnosis in 2005. So as soon as I found myself faced with the truth of a cancer diagnosis myself, I turned to Google to find out as much information as I could on Kylie’s battle with the disease. No-one can truly comprehend how frightening it is to be told that you have a life-threatening illness.
And even though my non-existent friendship with Kylie was totally non-existent; I felt a true understanding of what went on inside her mind during 2005. I found comfort that such a powerful women had gone through such a vulnerable time and came out of it ‘all guns blazing’. During my ‘Is chemo ever going to end’ days, I’d think of Kylie’s return to the stage straight after coming through her treatment and how she didn’t let the breast cancer diagnosis and treatment change the person that she was. She tackled it head-on and even mastered the art of looking glamorous in a headscarf (Something that I failed to achieve!). Her strength gave me strength, and her attitude of ‘getting on with it’ gave me an extra push. In my mind the words ‘If Kylie can do it then so can I’ kept me going and even now, to know that she’s out of it the other end and still going strong in both her health and career, it gives me that extra boost. So this blog post is a thank you to Kylie Minogue because even though she is someone out-of-reach; she inspired me, gave me strength and helped me in my journey though breast cancer.