1. About this blog

This blog has taken almost a year to write and is a collection of my reflections after an unwelcome and unexpected diagnosis.   In August 2017 I was informed that I had breast cancer and I so I became the Impatient Patient.

“Impatient” as I was far too busy living and enjoying life –  being a wife to Nick, mum to three grown up children, daughter, friend, coach and an Assistant Vice Principal who taught Geography at an inner city school in Plymouth, Devon.

“Patient” as once diagnosed one becomes part of the hospital system.  Breast cancer was not on my agenda as I was healthy, ate well, drank in moderation and exercised – I’d breastfed my babies.  Surely this was some sort of mistake and it was one I certainly did not have time for –  unfortunately not and so I became the Impatient Patient (and I haven’t managed to shake her off yet).  So this is my story from diagnosis, through treatment to the new me.


Author: fionaosmaston

I live in Plymouth, Devon with my husband Nick and near my parents Sandy and Sheena. Our three children, Marcus, Phoebe and Miles are grown up. I am a geographer and love teaching Geography. My current role is as an Assistant Vice Principal in an inner city comprehensive school where I lead on coaching and initial teacher training. In August 2017 I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma and following a skin sparing mastectomy and endrocrine/hormone treatment I am now awaiting a final reconstruction. These views are my own and writing this story has helped me come to terms with where I am in this interlude of life which has been dominated by breast cancer.

2 thoughts on “1. About this blog”

  1. blogging is a learning curve Fi – the first bit is always the hardest and then one day it just suddenly flows – well done on starting it; maybe think of it as an online diary…………..you just post a message every so often out into the blogsophere with no purpose in mind other than to say something to yourself………..you are an amazing women who has achieved so many amazing things on practially a daily basis; and had such an inspirational effect on so many around you – whatever you say to yourself or the blogsophere in general, it will mean something and it will be special – maybe just to yourself, but maybe to someone else , somewhere out there………….

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  2. As someone who knows you on a professional level and being someone who has always looked up to you , the hours I spent reading and digesting this blog made me realise more in depth , how much of a hardworking amazing woman you are. You always inspire others and this blog well and truly opened my eyes up. You are an absolute inspiration and I’m so glad I got the honour to read your story. You are a boss lady!! No stopping you!! I’ll continue smiling and saying hello every time I pass you , however from now on I’ll smile and I’ll say hello and every time I see you I’ll be reminded of you , your journey and everything you’ve done for me and others around you. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. You’ve impacted my early years and that’s something I’ll take into adulthood with me. I hope to one day be half the woman you are!!


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