Through Lucie Fraissé
Cancer started in the life of Cecile Picard in September 2020 .. While getting dressed one morning, this aeronautics project manager, who lives in Tournefeuille, near Toulouse, sent a hard lump in her breast.
“I had always been told that it was necessary to consult in these cases. I immediately went to see my GP. »Who then prescribed a battery of examinations to him before directing towards the left bank clinic.
Mother of two children
“I was given a biopsy and the diagnosis fell: it was breast cancer,” says Cécile. It immediately causes a lot of anxiety in me. I have two children, one of whom is two years old, I told myself that I would not see them grow up. Fortunately the medical team who took care of me at the Left Bank clinic was perfect: the doctor took the time to listen to me, to reassure me… ”
“I had cancer, it had to be treated, so let’s go! “
The young woman is particularly fortunate to be accompanied by a care coordinator, a nurse who helps her plan the treatments and the operation. “I felt supervised and from that moment, the anguish escaped: I had breast cancer, it had to be treated, so let’s go! “
Cécile first undergoes a mastectomy, the doctors remove one of her breasts completely.
“I didn’t experience it as a trauma. I breastfed my two children, I felt that my breasts had used their way. I had to take my breast out, so we did.
A promise: to be at the start of the Roses triathlon
At that time, Cécile joined a support group on Facebook. And discovers that women with breast cancer call themselves “roses”.
“In my head it clicked! I immediately thought to Roses triathlon organized in Toulouse every year. And I promised myself that I will participate in the next edition. “
“Value is tough”
But before being on the starting line of this sporting competition which annually collects funds for breast cancer research, Cécile underwent long months of treatment, after having stopped work following her operation.
“I did six sessions of stable. I resisted well, but it is even a strong experience ”explains the young woman modestly. Who also attended 25 sessions of rays and targeted therapy with an injection every three weeks, still ongoing.
“But today I am in remission. All the treatments I had after my operation were to prevent a recurrence. »This Sunday, September 26, Cécile will therefore be at the start of the Roses triathlon as she had promised herself a year ago.
“I’ve always been athletic. Even during chemo, I went for a walk every day. Then little by little, I resumed running. But if I do the Roses triathlon, it’s not for performance sport, but rather to thank the medical team who accompanied me and the relatives who supported me. “
A race to turn the page
With this course, Cécile Picard ends, in a way, the “cancer” chapter of her life. “In the end, even if it’s hard, I got a lot of positive things out of it, I refocused on my life, my desires, I was creating another job for myself… I also realized that I had a lot of support, that I was lucky to be well surrounded. “
Relatives, some of whom will be with her the 100 m swim, 6 km bike and 2 km race of the Roses triathlon, the start of which will be given this Sunday in Les Argoulets, at 3 pm.
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