Nothing about Bianca Innes’ situation is normal, not for someone her age. Over the past six months she’s undergone 12 rounds of chemotherapy, had 10 hospital admissions, two surgeries, and currently battles near-constant fatigue and bone pain. All because of a disease that typically affects women four decades older: breast cancer.
Diagnosed in April 2017 at the age of 20, the aspiring journalist is likely to be one of the youngest Australians (if not the youngest) fighting the disease.
HAVING A MASSIVE WTF MOMENT THIS SATURDAY MORNING! These photos were taken 12 months apart almost to the day. On the left, a healthy, happy and normal 20 year old girl. On the right, a 21 year old girl fighting a battle she thought she’d never be faced with. Breast Cancer. This is a stark reminder that cancer does not discriminate. It doesn’t give a fuck about your age nor your financial status. This week I was told that I needed to start immediate radiation therapy as my heart and immune system can no longer handle chemotherapy. This consists of 6 weeks of daily intensive radiation. Unfortunately, this is another battle I will need to push through. However, who would think that something you don’t CHOOSE to get could be so expensive?! My friends and family have kindly set up a ‘GoFundMe’ page and the link is in my bio. Any donation large or small I am beyond grateful for. I am overwhelmed by people’s support thus far and truly don’t have the words to describe what it’s like knowing that people genuinely want to see you healthier, stronger and happier than before. My entire journey I’ve tried to stay positive and show the raw realities of cancer at this age through my blog by spreading awareness to young women far and wide. Hopefully I’ll be able to show you all that I kicked cancers ass! ???????????? #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness #bcna #checkyourboobies #pinkhope #pinkribbon #knowyourrisk #loveyoursister #bodyawareness #boobs #beforeandafter #cancer
Like many, Bianca’s story began with a lump. She spotted on her right breast while towelling herself after a shower. She ignored it at first, but within weeks it had tripled in size.
“After many tests I was diagnosed with Grade 3 Stage 2b Triple Positive breast cancer,” she told Mamamia.
There was no known family history, and testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 ‘breast cancer gene’ came back negative.
“My diagnosis came as a huge shock to not only me, but my family and friends too,” she said.
“The first question I asked was, ‘Will I lose my hair?’ At that time, it was the most important thought in my mind.”