EVERY breath is a blessing for courageous Janice Horsburgh.
When she heard the dreaded words that she had breast cancer it was a life-changing moment in more ways than one.
Now she is urging women to keep alert and to seek urgent help as soon as they find any problem.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36.
Janice said: “The words just ring in your ears, it was very unexpected. Life just stops. I never asked if I was going to die, I knew I had to fight it.”
Janice, from the Langmuir estate in Kirkintilloch, went through surgery to have a lump removed, as well as lymph nodes to prevent the cancer spreading.
This was followed by six months of chemotherapy treatment and radiotherapy sessions.
In a double blow, Janice was scheduled to have a hysterectomy operation before she was diagnosed with breast cancer, having endured years of the painful gynaecological condition, endometriosis.
Janice wanted to know the possible causes of her breast cancer, and believes that it was down to not looking after herself.
Despite loving her job as a sales manager for a major whisky distiller she constantly felt stressed, worried and exhausted with very little energy.
She had virus after virus and always felt ill. Janice admits that it was a wake-up call for her and played an important part in her lifestyle change.
She said: “I had prescription after prescription. For years I never had time for breakfast. I had to be at work. I had 500 accounts and many buyers to see and just didn’t have time for me.”
To help in her recovery from the disease, Janice wrote a book of poems, Song of the Soul, and turned to yoga and holistic therapies.
She is now starting a new career as a yoga instructor.
She said: “I am now 49-years-old and looking forward to the big 50 in February and I’m grateful for every breath and every day.”
Janice would advise women to regularly check their breasts and if they are worried about anything don’t delay in contacting their GP.
She added: “Don’t be obsessive about it or worry, just be more aware of any changes. If there is something, don’t run away from it, the quicker you catch it the better chance you have of beating it.”
Janice is holding a yoga class on Wednesday, October 26, from 7.30-8.30pm in Auchinloch Community Centre. Money from the session will go to Breast Cancer Care.
Janice is also helping to organise a Pink Friday Cafe to raise money for the charity on October 28, at Bishopbriggs Community Church, from 10am-4pm.
The event will include a coffee morning, a soup and sandwich lunch and an afternoon tea. There will also be tombola, home baking and pink lemonade.
You can contact Janice on 07790 870766 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.