I was diagnosed with breast cancer on 22 June 2012, aged 29. I began writing this blog on Facebook as a means to keep my family and friends updated, but it soon grew into something bigger, and has now been read by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
Almost a decade later, I am cancer free and leading a full and busy life, but I still receive countless messages from women who have discovered my posts on hair loss, chemotherapy and fertility. I am always happy to receive these emails and to hear that I have been able to help in some small way.
This blog was always intended to be a lighthearted approach to what is, of course, a very serious subject. I hope no offence will be taken to my attempts at humour, and that readers will understand I wanted to turn a negative experience into something positive.
When I started writing this blog, I had recently left my job as a Latin America editor for Bloomberg News in Buenos Aires to work for Facebook in Dublin. Many moons later, after a long career with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, I am now a freelance journalist in London, mostly writing about food and travel, but with plenty of forays back into Latin America life (Covid permitting).
I am working on my first novel, Single Bald Female, which was inspired by my experiences of breast cancer and dating. I am represented by literary agent Sophie Lambert at C+W in London.