I’m Kayla. I’m a proud mum of a (soon-to-be) seven-year-old daughter, and a passionate advocator of breast cancer awareness.
Raising awareness is so important to me
My daughter is my absolute world, and spending time with her and watching her grow is the biggest part of my life. I work-part time so I can do the school run, as my fiancé Paul works shifts. I’ve worked for Schuh in the warehouse for 12 years and enjoy the physical part of my job.
During lockdown I took up cycling, and currently cycle to and from work each day when weather permits. I love it, even in the rain. I also love to watch my football team play when I can.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 when I was 20 years old
At a very young age, I faced the shocking news of a breast cancer diagnosis. I had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and 5 years of tamoxifen. In 2007, I became a volunteer with Breast Cancer Now, and volunteering for this amazing charity has become my greatest passion. I love to help people through the charity when I can, whether it be face-to-face, over email or on the phone. I have been involved in the Someone Like Me service and a volunteer at the Scottish Younger Women Together for several years. I have also been a lingerie model, a headstrong volunteer, and helped at the Moving Forward courses. In 2007, I took part in the Scottish Fashion Show, which was one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Two years after my daughter was born, I was diagnosed with breast cancer again
In 2016, I faced my second breast cancer diagnosis. This time it was in my opposite breast, it was triple negative, and in no way connected to my first diagnosis. I had chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and radiotherapy. I have had no reconstruction, and live my life flat usually, unless there’s a special occasion and I will wear my prosthesis.
Once I completed treatment, I stopped volunteering to concentrate on myself, but three years later, during lockdown, I realised I was ready and able to help people again. I got back into volunteering and have been doing the Someone Like Me service ever since.
Wear it pink is a really fun campaign that also raises awareness and vital funds for life-changing breast cancer care and world-class research
Raising awareness, particularly amongst younger women, is so important to me, and ever since my diagnosis at aged 20, this is something I have been incredibly passionate about.
My one piece of advice for someone hosting a wear it pink would be, just have fun with it! I’m sure everyone involved with have a great time, whilst also raising money for a fantastic charity.
So join me and wear it pink this October. Let’s do this.