This is my story
My name is Nina Hampton. I'm a teacher, wife and mom to a busy 4-year-old boy. I am also a cancer warrior. I found a tiny, pea-sized lump in my right breast while in the shower on 7th October 2020, aged 38 years old. I saw my GP on 8th October 2020 and visited the Breast Clinic on 14th October 2020 for a mammogram, ultra-sound and biopsy and got the news on 15th October 2020 that I had Breast Cancer (we later discovered it was an invasive ductal carcinoma, stage 1, grade 2 cancer).
The next few weeks were a whirlwind of appointments, scans and tests. It was my faith in God and by the saving Grace of Jesus, that I was able to function in those daunting early days of waiting for more results, finding out new information and trying to keep going. Reading God's word each morning and listening to gospel music really helped me keep going. My husband has been my rock and my family, friends and church community have rallied around us to keep us supported through their messages, prayers, gifts, meals and care.
I had a single mastectomy on 30th October 2020 and started my first chemotherapy treatment on 15th December 2020. I've had 2 rounds so far and am having 6 rounds of treatment in total, every 3 weeks. I am due to finish chemotherapy at the end of March 2021. This will be followed by 10 years of hormone therapy, to prevent the breast cancer coming back.
I will be working with an integrative medicine doctor to help me with a holistic treatment plan going forward. This will take a functional medicine approach to my healing and recovery, through looking at optimizing my diet, ensuring I am taking targeted supplements, making lifestyle changes and looking into alternative and natural treatment options that complement my current treatment plan. I am on a mission to make my body an inhospitable place for cancer to ever return to again.
My favourite quote:-
"One day you will tell your story of how you've overcome what you are going through now, and it will become part of someone else's survival guide."
I have started an Instagram account called @faith_love_and_breastcancer to share my cancer journey and to connect with and support other breast cancer warriors.
I wish I had taken an integrative medicine approach earlier to find the root cause to my hormonal imbalances that caused my acne and PCOS, instead of just taking The Pill for many years (being on The Pill for more than 15 years increases your risk of breast cancer).
My advice for other cancer sufferers would be to not be afraid to ask for help and be open to accepting support from others. This is an emotionally draining journey and you need to build up a support network around you. Seeing a counselor, social worker or psychologist is incredibly helpful on this journey too. I'm so grateful to my parents, whom we have been staying with, for nearly 6 weeks. Their support and care is helping me cope well with my chemotherapy, as I am able to rest and be looked after, while my husband works and my son is cared for.
I am passionate about helping others who are walking this road and it has given me a lot of peace that my cancer journey is part of God's plan and purpose for my life.
"I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29.11.
Much Love xx