I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and I'll be wearing it pink in solidarity with other women like me - not just to raise money, but also awareness.
I’m a mum of three, a grandparent of two, a nurse, a wife, and a friend.
Last year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. This is my story.
I’ve worked as a nurse for almost 21 years, specifically working with disadvantaged groups – people with addictions, people living rough and asylum seekers/refugees. Both my parents are from the Caribbean, and my culture is important to me. I’m caring, can be a little moody, but very passionate about equity and inclusiveness for all.
I was the first woman in my family to receive a breast cancer diagnosis.
In October 2020, I was diagnosed with stage two invasive lobular breast cancer. I was chosen by the local health authority as part of a trial, and it’s scary to think - if I hadn’t agreed to take part - I would have remained undiagnosed. I had no symptoms at all, and as the first woman in my family to receive a breast cancer diagnosis, it was very unexpected.
I think that, if you’re able to, getting involved with raising money for breast cancer research and care is so important, especially for anyone who has experienced a diagnosis themselves. It gives you an opportunity to add your own contribution, and to make sure that the cause stays visible, and is on the forefront of peoples’ minds.
I’ll be wearing it pink in solidarity.
I’ll be wearing it pink to show support and stand in solidarity with those experiencing or in recovery from breast cancer. For those we’ve lost, those who continue to need support, and for those who’ve lost someone they love. I want to help raise awareness and vital money for breast cancer research.
My advice to others wanting to take part in a wear it pink event is simply to enjoy it. Don't make it a chore; pick something you like doing. If you’re passionate about your event, you will attract people to contribute.