hej there,I am Valérie. A, 29 old girl from Belgium

in 2016 i sold a lot of my things and i decided to start travelling and see what my future would bring me. I started in Columbia and went to many places until this year 2018, the end of Februari. I feel lucky to already had the chance to be in 36 countries untill now! While travelling i got information about working on private yacht boats, and i got a bit tired of moving around , also i needed to start earning money again so i followed some classes in South Africa to get certificated for this job. My plan was to go back to Belgium to say ‘hello’ to my family and friends , after that i wanted to go to Palma to find a job as a stewardess on the boats. But i am still in Belgium 😬, my plan changed.

I was just back in Belgium , wanted to get this operation to remove a ‘cyst ‘like they told me it was, so i could leave again, but while removing it they found out it was a tumor and that i have breastcancer. That is where everything started, all the exams , for the moment i am having treatments. I got a breastoperation and because my cancer was already spread out, they also removed another tumor in my neck.

After that neckoperation i had to recover before starting chemo, so inbetween this 2 things i had some time to do a Fertility treatment to freeze in my eggs for , who knows, i ever want to get pregnant.

My lymph nodes on the side of my breast that had a tumor , also are having the cancer so they will also need to be removed in another operation after chemo. After that i get 33 radiatons on my breast and 15 on my neck.

Because i had another tumor, means that the cancer went trough my blood already so they like to keep giving me this 2 therapys, anti-hormon and imunotherapy every 3 weeks by infuus, permanently. I will try to get this, but i also want to continue again travelling as i even realise more now that life is to short to wait to do what your dreaming of. It will be a bit challenging to combine my treatments with my travells as i also need an injection every 4 weeks to stay in menopause , this is part of the hormontreatment, and i will need to find a doctor everywhere i go to put me this. But i like challenges, these are the things that makes life not to boring 😉.

Sh*t off your past is dung for the future💪

Another part of me i didn’t mention yet is the part that tries to fight an eatingdisorder. Before all the traveling i was in a center for a few months because i got anorexia. I got this because the past made me who I am now, and i past already some things like losing my mother on very young age what made me not deal to good with bad feelings. On the other side the anorexia made me also stronger and whenever in life i am not going the direction my feelings wanting, it is coming back again and i have to stop to work on myself. Also this kind of experiences i write down. Writing feels just liberating to me, and maybe reading it can feel motivating for others.