My connection to breast cancer
My mum died when I was 23 after a long and nasty battle with breast cancer. She was one of those women who left it too late to get help. Family events always got in the way. I was going to university, my sister having a baby, and like lots of women of that era (1970s when she was in her late 50s) she put herself last!
When I was around 17 she had a mastectomy – and it was not done well. She suffered with radiation burns and the wounds did not heal. She was too embarrassed to ask my father for help (he couldn’t have coped with it to be honest) so I dressed the wounds. It was tough as the dressings would pull off the healing skin and she would be back to square one again. It certainly toughened me up… but it also made me scared.
I was convinced that it was ‘going to get me’ and for many years I dreaded the call to attend the screening van! But thanks to the work of Breast Cancer Now, the amazing research they fund, and developments in treatment over the years, my attitude has changed. If it happens it is NOT going to get me. To all my friends (male and female) who have undergone treatment and continue to do so – I admire your strength and the positive outlook that you have. We can challenge this disease together.
Why I wear pink
My daughter, Lottie, currently works for Breast Cancer Now in the wear it pink team – but although that is something that I am very proud of it is not why I support the charity. For me, the research aspect is what makes Breast Cancer Now so important. We need to find a way to eradicate this disease and develop the best treatments for people who have it. My mum experienced treatment at it early stages and it was quite brutal – a lot of progress has been made since then and if we can develop them even further then that is so worth investing in.
I take part in wear it pink because it’s fun, it’s positive and it has an impact. People can see that you are actively supporting something and they join in too. It’s important to keep helping funding research to maintain the great work that is being done. Plus, my goodness, we all need to do something fun sometimes – and going to work in a pink feather boa is a great way to do that.
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