Being diagnosed with breast cancer led me to the love of my life

Source: The Mirror / ASHA UMRAWSINGH

If someone had told me that having breast cancer would lead me to finding true love then I never would have believed them.

At the time of diagnosis I was in an unhappy, unhealthy relationship.

Asha Umrawsingh met her soulmate after chemotherapyAsha Umrawsingh met her soulmate after chemotherapy

If someone had told me that having breast cancer would lead me to finding true love then I never would have believed them.

At the time of diagnosis I was in an unhappy, unhealthy relationship .

My partner Peter (not his real name) was manipulative and controlling.

I naively thought the illness might soften him. Instead, he grew colder, more jealous as I fought for survival.

It was January 6, 2010 when I discovered the lump. I was at home doing pilates.

I lay down, and rested my arm across my chest, and that’s when I felt it.

Looking in the mirror, I was shocked to see the skin was dimpled.

As an A&E doctor , I knew this wasn’t a good sign. But Peter dismissed my concerns.

Still, I called my GP and tests confirmed my fears.

A gruelling treatment programme followed as I had surgery to remove the lump, followed by four months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

I lost my hair, I was physically exhausted. But Peter didn’t support me at all.

One day, at the hospital , I was having chemotherapy injections, and the nurses struggled to find a vein.

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