In episode 153 of The Just Checking In Podcast we checked in with Sarah Lee.
Sarah is a journalist, writer and sub-editor who currently works for BBC London.
Sarah wrote an article for the BBC News website about her experience of having stage three malignant melanoma in January 2022, which is the most serious form of skin cancer.
Sarah had developed a pea-sized black mole on the top of her scalp and after five months and three different doctors failing to recognise its risk, Sarah was finally diagnosed by a second dermatologist who urgently ordered the surgical removal of the moles.
It was then a race against time to begin treatment and underwent surgery to remove 24 lymph nodes.
In this episode we discuss her journey into journalism, social class and competition in the industry and why shouting about her work on social media doesn’t come naturally to her.
For Sarah’s mental health, we discuss that scary period of her life having melanoma and her relief at finally getting diagnosed, her treatment journey, the mental toll that surgery had on her and how she feels now she’s come out of that period.
We also discuss a hugely traumatic event which happened to one of her family members when they were sexually abused after a night out. Sarah had to sit through 2 weeks of court proceedings and she consequently found attending court as a court reporter in her professional life extremely triggering after that trial concluded.
As always, #itsokaytovent
You can read Sarah’s article on the BBC News website in full here.
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