Kamya Ghose… Helping others after a diagnosis
Hi there! My name is Kamya Ghose, originally from India but have lived in little old Christchurch in New Zealand my whole life.
How did you find out about your disease? What were the early symptoms?
Being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23 is highly unlikely, but possible. It happened to me. While enjoying a session at the gym one day I realised there was something different about the way one of my breasts felt. A quick check showed there was definitely a little lump there. “It’s probably nothing”, I thought. I’m fit, I’m healthy, I don’t smoke or use drugs… what could possibly go wrong? Two ultrasounds and a painful biopsy later I was given the most dreaded news I have ever been given.
What treatment did you undertake and what did you find helpful to cope with those treatments during that time?
My GP diagnosed me with DCIS, which meant surgery in 10 days! It wasn’t cancer, yet, but they had to take all the precautions! My mastectomy was scheduled for the morning, although I wasn’t in too much pain I wish I had prepared a little bit better for going home! I was left with two awkwardly long drains and a pressure bandage. I wasn’t able to put on normal shirts or move my left arm. Wearing clothes was a hassle and even turning around in my bed while the drains were carefully placed on the ground was a mission!
What other things or services provided support during that time?
My operation was in Christchurch, New Zealand.No other services or support was offered to us. This is one thing I would like to change with my business. My family from India, America and Germany all flew down to be with us during the hard time.
Prior to the diagnoses and reflecting back were there any signs or other relevant things of significance?
Nope! No other signs at all! Honestly to this day I sometimes have to pinch my self to realize its all happening.
In what way has the cancer experience affected you?
I hate to say it, but it changes your life! Although I made a business idea out of it, its still horrifying to know I will be back in hospital getting reconstruction. Its scary to think how quickly this all happen and even more terrifying to think it could happen again. It has also made me realize my true friends and how strong I am as a person! Emotionally, mentally and physically, even though I had all the support from my family at the end of the day it was MY mind set that made the difference.
What advice would you give to others reading this?
Ask questions from the nurses, doctors, friends anyone who has gone through it before! Know there are worse things that could happen. Always always stay positive!
Click here to read more about Kamya and the bra’s she now designs and produces to help others…