How does Pink October resonate with you?
At the end of 2017, I discovered that I had breast cancer after a mammogram, an X-ray test that can spot early signs of cancers when they’re too small to see or feel. A mastectomy and chemotherapy soon followed as well as other treatments. I decided to document each stage online, mostly on Instagram and was soon contacted by others affected by this illness. This made me realise the extent to which people are affected by cancer and the importance of speaking about it to break the taboo surrounding the illness.
What strove you to write a book about cancer?
As soon as I discovered my illness, I decided to record everything I felt. I’m a journalist, the desire to investigate and introspect runs through my veins, therefore, I need to analyse every emotion I experience. At the end of my treatment, editor Sophie Rouanet convinced me that what I had written could be of interest to other people.
What predominate message do you wish to convey to other women?
I would like everyone to understand that cancer isn’t always as terrible as we imagine. In recent years, there has been outstanding progress in medicine and the care and comfort of cancer patients have greatly improved. However, to guarantee a successful recovery, breast cancer has to be detected early. I highlight the importance of regularly examining your breasts and breast-cancer screening, as it could be lifesaving.