Saturday 24th October 2020

Wear It Pink!
Blog by Key Contributor Jacky

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

People from all over the world are coming together to raise Breast Cancer awareness; sharing the warning signs to look out for, symptoms and their own personal experiences.
On the 17th October 2019 I had my Breast Lumpectomy, it was a wire-guided affair as the Cancer had shrunk to a tiny size thanks to the Chemotherapy.

Getting the wire in was highly traumatic, in fact everything was awful from the lump discovery by myself through to just last week, being on new medication which resulted in a trip to A&E. No step of this journey has been plain sailing.

But how did it begin? Well, a simpler question is how did I find it? Well it was a hard, painful lump behind the right nipple which was slightly indented - yes it had changed but could I remember when or for how long? Absolutely not. There were no other signs or symptoms for me but here’s a guide from Breast Cancer Now on what to look out for:

Breast signs all together 2016 

Click the image to the left for a mini-guide on what to look out for!

Breast Cancer does not just affect women, stop what you are doing and cop a feel, go on… have a good study in the mirror, please!

Today I am lucky to say I am Cancer-free, however due to my type of Cancer (HER2 Positive) and my age, I will be under the care of the Oncology team for the next 10 years of my life. In most respects this is invaluable care, at other times a constant reminder of how life changing this diagnosis and disease is.

The Breast Cancer Now team had arranged for me to attend a 2 day event on 27th/28th March 2020 which got moved to 18th/19th Sept 2020 and now we have no idea when it will be held. I had signed up to all of the sessions I wanted to go to including how to manage early menopause, intimacy issues and managing Lymphoedema. COVID has completely robbed me of this event, I have missed meeting other women in the same situation going through the same treatment and the physical and mental changes that have me on a constant rollercoaster of emotions. Did you know Cancer is classed as a disability?

The mission of the Breast Cancer Now team is that by 2050 everyone who is diagnosed with Breast Cancer will live and be supported to live well. They have now set up an online evening event which will take place on Wednesday 4th November 2020. Celebrity guests, inspiring stories, numerous prizes by silent auction and virtual experiences will all take place, accompanied backing track by Emile Sande. Who doesn’t want to win a designer handbag, an Afternoon Champagne tea or a Spa Day for 2?

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I am sure you will support it in your own way and Bradley at our head office has done his best to make us all wear pink and think about our boobies!

Muchos love Jacky