11. Need to know basis

In the meantime I had kept colleagues in school informed on a need to know basis and Facebook changed this.  My head teacher had told the leadership team about my condition as I found it difficult to be evasive,  I’m intrinsically an honest sort of person, and I just couldn’t commit to certain things as I didn’t know if I’d be in school or not.

My classes were a great distraction and I love how no two days are the same when you work with 1,400 students.  School was busy, we were pulling together as a geography and as leadership team, we’d had a review and were devising rapid improvement plans, the coaching team was in it’s infancy, there was professional development to organise,  colleagues needed support, students needed to be chivvied into learning – teaching is great, being on the leadership team is better.  I have my own office, with my name on the door, school was helping me to thrive.  I’d confided in one of my colleagues whose wife had dealt with breast cancer and he was a real source of support in a low key totally positive way. Out of school I became manic about fitness and how often I could go to the Life Centre to do a spin class, total toning, body combat or a barre class which a friend taught at her home.  I’d lost weight and I was fighting fit… I was going to kick cancer into touch as I was going to be as match fit as possible.

Tip:  try and get yourself as fit as possible as it will help you in your recovery.  Going to the gym or classes is a great way to release endorphins. 

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.

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