The day before she was due to give birth to her first child in 2011, television presenter Sally Obermeder was diagnosed with breast cancer.
When her daughter Annabelle Grace was born, Sally began a gruelling eight months of chemotherapy. In June 2012, she underwent her first mastectomy – because she was so weak from her treatment, doctors would only let her remove her right breast, the one with the tumour.
She then endured six months of radiation therapy, before her left breast was also removed.
“For six months I had one breast,” she told Mia Freedman on the No Filter podcast. “It was awful.”
LISTEN: Sally Obermeder tells Mia Freedman about her breast reconstruction on No Filter. Post continues after audio.
Finally, Sally was able to undergo a breast reconstruction. But things weren’t any easier: after nearly 11 and a half months of treatment – all while raising a newborn daughter – Sally was told she was unable to have implants.
“[The doctors] were worried that if the cancer came back and I needed to go back into treatment, they didn’t want my body to reject the implants and for there to be ay reason for me to need more surgery,” she said.
“Chemo and surgery don’t go well together.”