When Alisha walked into her doctor’s office on December 21 last year, her eyes were drawn to the colour red.
On the doctor’s desk was some paperwork with Alisha’s name written in red across it. And then two words were printed beneath: Cancer checklist.
“Nothing was ticked,” 29-year-old Alisha told Mamamia, “so I just thought it was precautionary.”
But when she sat down, her partner settling himself in the chair beside her, the doctor simply said: “You have breast cancer.”
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She cried, and then froze, unable to take a word in from the specialist.
Alisha’s partner grabbed her and said, “It’s okay. We’ll get through it,” and took the lead with the doctor, asking all the questions that needed to be asked.
It was Stage 3. Advanced. Aggressive.
She would need treatment. Fast. But her case wasn’t straightforward.
Because Alisha was pregnant.