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Martine Mills

In April 2014 I was diagnosed with lobular breast cancer in my right breast and my journey began. A couple of months later on 4 June I had a mastectomy with immediate DIEP flap reconstruction. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed and in the December I was put on Tamoxifen for five years. After several minor operations my breast reconstruction journey ended in May 2019. I am currently on a five year course of Letrozole to help prevent the breast cancer coming back.

I received such wonderful care and support throughout my breast cancer reconstruction journey and there have been so many positives that have come out of something initially so scary and horrible. Consequently, I wanted to be able to give something back and help other ladies going through what I did. I have been part of Restore since the Dartford group was set up in February 2016 and for everything Restore stands for and for everything it does to help the lady patients and their husbands, I cannot think of a better way that lets me give something back. I joined this wonderful group of ladies initially as a volunteer model and in March 2018 was asked to be a trustee which I am so honoured and so proud to be.

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