My name is Luan Mulholland. I’m happily married to Nick Mulholland and we have two wonderful children, Olivia and Nicky.
I am a physiotherapist and have worked for the past 13 years at a hospital in London. I help to rehabilitate people following various operations, including people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Working in the hospital, I was shocked at the number of young people who were on the ward receiving breast cancer diagnoses. This in fact saved my life, as I checked my breasts more often than I would have ordinarily done.
On 1 August 2014, aged 34, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and subsequently underwent chemotherapy, lumpectomy and radiotherapy at the very hospital where I worked.
I am forever grateful for the research which has helped save so many lives
In 2015 I was given the all clear! I cannot explain that feeling, hearing those words. I am forever grateful to the wonderful treatment I received by all the medical professionals involved and all the fantastic research which has helped save so many lives.
My nurse, Mrs Oonagh Mead, my surgeon, Professor Kefah Mobel and my oncologist, Mr Paul Ellis, are all my heroes and I’m eternally grateful to them.
Now, I love life and live it to the full. I love to spend time with all my family, who provided unwavering support and care to me when I needed it the most. I love to play tennis and speak Spanish, but most of all I love to support my beautiful children, nieces and nephews at their various sporting events. I’m very proud of them all.
Recently I started running and will be running in the London Marathon this year raising money for Breast Cancer Now. So far I have raised £3130!
The importance of wearing it pink
Wear it pink is so important because it raises such crucial awareness, and awareness is the key to early diagnoses and eventually a way to stop people dying from breast cancer!
Apart from my incredible parents, husband and children, who gave me a reason to stay strong and positive throughout my treatment, my sister and best friend Gemma Poyton constantly inspires me. As a GP she is always there to listen, lend a hand or give advice at any time of the day or night. She is amazing!