Eure. She talks about her fight against breast cancer on the occasion of Pink October


Eure.  She talks about her fight against breast cancer on the occasion of Pink October
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In Bois-Jérôme-Saint-Ouen (Eure), Martine learns at the age of 67 that she has breast cancer. She returns to this event to raise women’s awareness of breast cancer screening. A rounded bra allows you to restructure your silhouette. ©The Democrat

After each mammographyMartine leaves thehospital, with a light heart: “It’s good, they haven’t found anything! “, she usually let go, to her husband, relieved. ” I was confident but it’s always stressful to carry out this control,” she admits.

But one day in November, in 2017the pictures taken by the radiologist announce a much more dark. “After the X-ray, I did an ultrasound which revealed a carcinoma invasive and a biopsy confirmed the presence of a cancer“, says the mother of the family.

That day, Martine will not come home, Bois-Jérôme-Saint-Ouen (Eure), with good news. “We fall from very high,” she says.

Removal of both breasts

Annihilated“, Martine can count on the hospital services who orchestrate his healing : quickly, she is summoned to theBecquerel Hospital at Rouen (Seine Maritime) and pass on the tableoperation for a ablation total left breast, where two tumors had developed.

In January, she was told that she would have to have surgery again, this time on her right breast: “The doctors had spotted a third tumor”.

Despite the removal of her two breasts, the mother of the family says she is relieved. “At least there won’t be any more problems,” she told herself.

A gear that lasted 10 months

At the end of these operations, Martine is caught in a spiral that will last 10 months. In February 2018, she began a chemotherapy who puts it chaosfrom the first session.

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“I was exhausted. After 10 days, I lost my hair. »

Martine, suffering from breast cancer

At each session, she wears a helmet that cools down to -30°C. “It’s supposed to stimulate hair growth once the cancer is eradicated,” she explains. To avoid the fall of the nailsshe is given a special varnish and she has to put on gloves.

His daily life is punctuated by his round trips to the Becquerel hospital, his long naps, his intense migraines and his pains.

A magnetizer to relieve pain

“There are times when you no longer know where you live,” she admits. To relieve his sufferingshe calls a fire cutter.

“I had never tried it but it made me feel so good. »


Fire cutters, thanks to their practice of magnetismrelieve patients in their sensations of burns. Today, they are entering public hospitals, in particular to intervene with patients undergoing chemotherapy. Martine feels much better, even if she finds herself limited in her movements.

“My movements were limited”

The house fairyso meticulous about the upkeep of her home, learns to slow down under the recommendations of the doctor.

“As I was removed from the ganglia in the arm, I should not move too much. My movements were limited to eating, washing and dressing. »


The mother learns to delegate to her husband. “He did everything,” she says.

Clinging to his little moments of happiness

Even if cancer puts her in chaos, Martine clings to her little moments of happinesswhich allow him to forget the sickness. Every Tuesday, she continues to sing with the choir Les Copains d’abord in Gasny.

“I started participating in the choir in September 2017, just before my cancer broke out. I did not want to give up this pleasure. Singing and seeing people made me feel good. I really needed it. »


“We lose people on the way”

Indeed, since the announcement of his cancer, the phone calls of his relatives are rare.

“People were afraid to call me for fear of hearing bad news. »


So during his fight, Martine loses some of her friends. No matter. It focuses on what is important: the family.

“I wanted to get out of it to see my grandchildren grow up. »


Moreover, every Wednesday, she continues to babysit her grandson.

A ritual to feel better

After chemotherapy, Martine follows radiotherapy sessions until August 2018. Impatient to find her hair, every evening, she locks herself in her room, to accomplish her little ritual : massage with castor oil. “I was advised to use this oil because it helps stimulate hair regrowth.”

Impossible to miss this “little evening ritual”. “It was like a comforter. I needed it to reassure myself. It had become automatic,” she admits. Then one day, she no longer needed it. For Martine, it was a sign of healing, both physical and psychological.

“We don’t realize how lucky we are to be healthy”

In August 2018, Martine performed her last radiotherapy session. It took him 10 months to overcome this cancer. Almost a pregnancy. This is the time needed to be reborn from this ordeal and mark the first day of the rest of his life.

“When you’ve never experienced the disease, you don’t realize how lucky you are to be in good health. Now I find happiness in the simple things in life. »


Among “her simple things”: there are the Gym’Après Cancer sessions, organized by the BESS 27 association. these women, who have gone through the same ordeals. The friends she lost along the way are already far away.

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