Special thanks to Hayley Solich, Feature Writer for Finally at 40, who wrote the article and took the photos of me. I really appreciate your ongoing support, Hayley.
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Here is an excerpt from the article…
…When most women are stepping into the prime of their life – embracing the newfound sense of themselves and the opportunities that maturity and life experience brings – Kath Mazzella was stepping into dark days. She was an ordinary thirty-nine year old woman – working, with teenage children, and a partner – whose world was literally turned upside down.
Discovering a lump on her vulva, Kath did what most women would do and went to see a doctor. Over a period of eighteen months, two GP’s and two gynaecologists assured her that it was common to have lumps “down there” and not to worry about it. However, because she had a family history of cancer – her father had died of lung cancer in 1988, and both her mother and sister have both had breast cancer – she insisted the lump be removed and tested.
“It was my mum that got me thinking,” Kath reflects. “I told her about the lump and she said that lumps on your body anywhere are not normal. So I decided to listen to my mum and to my own intuition and I’m glad I did because it saved my life…”