.....as you know we are supporting 'The Purple Boot Brigade' campaign to get the 'be Breast Aware' message out amongst our fellow sistas......
.....I found Mardi and her inspirational story at 'The Purple Boot Brigade' website and without a seconds hesitation she agreed to let us publish her story & photos here, saying, "Im only to happy to share my story in the hope that is is of benefit to someone else."
This is Mardi, and her story........
"...I was recently very spoilt with a pair of the most gorgeous purple boots.... they came with a very special message attached....and I wear them to work with great pride.
I was diagnosed just 12 months ago..... so last Christmas was spent VERY ANXIOUSLY awaiting surgery...results...and a prognosis. In January this year I had a mastectomy.... followed by 6 months of chemotherapy... and Im still undergoing Herceptin treatment until the mid of next year.
Throughout my huge year......I have managed to work full-time... even though it was tough to keep pushing myself at times (and yes...I did exhaust every scrap of sick and annual leave in that time ).... I was determined to continue my life as normal as possible.
This was only possible due to my amazing team at work....and my employers SA Ambulance Service....who went above and beyond to accomodate all my needs at this time.....they gave up their days off to drive me the 6 hour round trip to Adelaide each week for my chemo.... and when I had exhausted my leave they even worked some of my shifts so that I was able to be paid.
They have treated me no differently.... they have listened when I need to talk....and left me alone when I need space.... they have really been the most incredible support....I feel so lucky.
So....although purple boots are not officially part of our uniform....Im wearing them!
I get comments about my beautiful boots...each and every day.....and Im extremely proud to be a part of the purple boot brigade..... spreading the message here in my part of SA.
Im also looking forward to Christmas this year more than ever..... Im just so happy to be feeling well.... appreciating every moment..."
Many thanks Mardi for sharing such a personal journey with us. Please leave your personal messages of support for Mardi below.