Holding hands and united together in raising awareness for Breast Cancer and the importance of knowing how to check your boobs.
“I have taken everything that I have been through in the last 18 months as a driving force, almost therapy if you like, so that I’ve got a purpose in life. And my purpose is to make sure everyone knows how to check their boobs, that everyone is aware that cancer doesn’t discriminate, it doesn’t care how old you are, it doesn’t care what colour you are, if you don’t eat meat, if you run marathons every year…”
I was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer in April 2018, on Friday 13th, yep you can’t make it up!
My husband and I had been trying for a baby for a while with no luck, cue intense IVF treatment, everything was going so well until one of my breast lumps (I’m a naturally lumpy hooman) started to grow, it hurt and my skin started to pull in, I knew it wasn’t right! I called my GP straight away and was fast tracked a breast clinic appointment. Two days later we did the pee on a stick routine, negative...first blow!
A week later after mammograms, 10 biopsies, ultrasound scans & bloods it was confirmed I had breast cancer...second blow!
Mixed in all of this I had casually mentioned I was undergoing physio for my back, straight to the PET Scanner you go, boom, those pesky cancer cells had decided to set up shop throughout pretty much every bone in my body...third blow!
My life changed immediately, it was never going to be the same again.
When I was asked to be involved in this Lounge Breast Cancer Awareness campaign I jumped at the chance. I love to raise awareness of the disease & I’m quite partial to getting my boobs out for the cause, any excuse eh :) Bras have been done before but I have never come across an underwear campaign, who knew thongs he could be so comfy! I feel extremely proud to be a part of this campaign & hope it reaches as many people as possible, early detection really does save lives, now go check your boobs, notice anything unusual, get it checked, I don’t want you in my position.
I don’t know how long treatment will continue to work for or how many other treatment options there will be for me but I want people to know that however uncertain our futures are as stage 4-ers we can still live well & have a ton of fun along the way!
“It can happen to anyone and I need everyone to be aware of what to look for, so that you can catch it early. Because if you catch it early, it’s manageable, it’s treatable, you can be cured - in most cases. When you get to my stage, there is no cure… so we have to learn to live with it. But by living with it, we can empower other people!”