Musician Jules Peters joins wear it pink MP Photo Call
We caught up with musician Jules Peters, who joined us for the Welsh wear it pink MP Photo Call, and asked her some questions about why she’s chosen to support Breast Cancer Now and wear it pink.
Tell us about your personal connection to the cause
I’m a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with breast cancer a little over a year ago. Since then I’ve had six months of chemotherapy, a month of radiotherapy and feel very fortunate to say that I’m now in remission.
I love the fact that Breast Cancer Now’s mission is that by 2050 no woman or man will die from breast cancer and I feel so committed to this. So breast cancer – here I come!
What were your thoughts when you first heard the words, 'it’s cancer'?
I was so upset when I was first diagnosed and after being told that I could die. I felt like kneeling down and weeping, it was one of the most distressing moments of my life.
A year on, I tend to say that I have been blessed with breast cancer as I feel so grateful that I’ve made it through the last year. Thanks to all the amazing research funded by charities like breast cancer now it is mostly a treatable disease. But we can’t get over the fact that the treatment can be very harrowing to go through and for many they do not survive the disease.
What would you like to say to other women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer?
Don’t be afraid. Check yourself thoroughly. I was 49 when I was diagnosed and I didn’t check myself enough as mine was picked up in a mammogram. But I’d say to be aware of your body, check yourself, look in the mirror – get to know your boobs don’t be embarrassed!
If you find anything unusual then please go to your GP and act upon it. Don’t be scared, just think that I’m living proof – here I am a year on, and I feel incredible.
Why is it important to wear it pink on 20 October 2017?
I’m supporting wear it pink as it’s a lovely fun way to support the cause and everyone in the community can be involved, whether you wear it pink at school, wear it pink at work, wear it pink with your friends, wear it pink at gigs!
I’m in a band myself and I’ve already organised with our band members that we’ll all be wearing pink on Friday 20 October and we would love for everyone to join us.