HAYLEY Reeves says she feels lucky.
Six weeks ago the Charlestown woman was given the devastating news she had breast cancer.
It was the same day doctors confirmed she was seven weeks’ pregnant.
Within a week doctors had told her the pregnancy would not be viable, given her illness and impending treatment plan.
Within three weeks the mother-of-one had surgery to take a graft of her ovary, giving her a chance to conceive in the future, and she started chemotherapy to treat the lump in her right breast and lymph node.
The 33-year-old will need a mastectomy later this year.
But as Ms Reeves describes it, things could have been worse.
Her cancer is a type of cancer that could have occurred anywhere in her body, but a tangible hard lump was produced in her breast.
‘‘I have a one-year-old so I thought it might be a build-up of milk even though I haven’t been breastfeeding for a few months,’’ she said.
‘‘Then when I found out I was pregnant I thought it might be hormones.
‘‘If the cancer was anywhere else in my body I might never have found it.’’
While receiving the dual diagnoses was difficult, Ms Reeves said she had tried to deal with facts and stay positive.
‘‘I wanted it to be a black and white decision,’’ she said. ‘‘I tried to not to associate it with too much emotion. I didn’t want it to get sad and scary for myself.’’
It has been the support of family, friends and medical staff that Ms Reeves attributes to getting her through.
‘‘The generosity of human nature has been astounding.’’
Ms Reeves shaved her head at the weekend and raised $5000 for the Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Council NSW.
The ‘‘bald for boobies’’ event was held at Speers Point Public School where Ms Reeves is a teacher.
Hair today gone for good cause
LUSCIOUS locks that had not been cut for six years got the chop at Maitland on Saturday.
Daniel Callinan had 50 centimetres of hair cut off alongside mate Brenton Hubert at the Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, to raise $10,000 for the the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
The two 20-year-olds last teamed up for the World’s Greatest Shave eight years ago after Brenton’s sister, Lauren, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
After years of fighting blood cancer, Lauren survived that battle, but was diagnosed with breast cancer just after marrying six months ago. Dan lost his grandmother to cancer.
The duo, who named their team SuperGoldilocks, produced a YouTube video to promote their quest.