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A new study from the scientists at @officialuom and @theuniversityofsheffield funded mainly by Breast Cancer Now suggests drugs commonly used to treat arthritis may help to prevent breast cancer spreading to the bone, where it is currently incurable. 'We are very excited by our results in the lab showing that breast cancer in bone can be prevented using drugs that are already approved for other diseases. We hope it can soon be established whether these drugs can be used for breast cancer patients following successful testing in clinical trials. 'We will now look to see if similar processes are also involved in breast cancer growing in other organs, such as the liver and lungs. We hope that by continuing this work, we could in future identify those at high risk of their breast cancer spreading, and where possible use drugs already available to prevent this from happening.' Lead author Dr Rachel Eyre, from The University of Manchester. Find out more at http://bit.ly/ArthritisDrugsBCN #breastcancerresearch #breastcancernow

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Isla was diagnosed while on holiday in Japan. She shares how her breast cancer diagnosis has shaped her and her family, and why she has written a book about her experiences. ⁣ 'I was diagnosed with breast cancer in Tokyo while I was away with my husband and children. I already had a suspicion that something was wrong. Just before we left, I found a dimple below the nipple of my right breast that had been gradually getting bigger. ⁣ ⁣ I eventually saw my GP four days before we were due to travel to Japan. She said that she would refer me to a breast clinic, but when I told her that I was going away she suggested I see a doctor in Tokyo instead.' http://bit.ly/2KAFd4p #breastcancernow #breastcancer

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'Like The Show, I know that taking part in Carols by Candlelight is going to be very special. Christmas 2015 saw me just having had my 4th chemotherapy so I was in a very different place. I am so honoured that the charity has asked me to speak at the event and am very much looking forward to sharing some of my story, raising awareness and highlighting the work of the charity and how it helps on a very ‘coal face’ level, in such a beautiful setting, with my family, my friends and all those who have come to share an amazing event in support of Breast Cancer Now. I hope it also might bring hope and comfort to someone who is possibly reeling from the shock of a recent diagnosis, for themselves or a loved one. I love all the Christmas music, too, so I cannot wait to hear everyone’s voices filling the church. The mulled wine and mince pies are always a welcome treat! I can’t wait!’ – Beverley This December, Breast Cancer Now brings Carols by Candlelight, an evening bringing together celebrity readers, inspirational speeches and uplifting carols in support of vital breast cancer research and support. Join us at the magical setting of St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge on 9 December, tickets available here http://bit.ly/BCNcarols #breastcancerawareness #christmascarols #breastcancernow

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'All the way through treatment, I fully expected to finish treatment, allow myself a couple of months to recover, and literally just jump back into my life where I left off... But the treatment hit me like train. I suffered a myriad of side effects. I was exhausted.⁣ ⁣ 'When I was struggling with the fatigue and the menopausal symptoms were kicking in... I had a lot of hot flushes, chemo brain, and tiredness. The whole combination really forced me to reassess and reset my expectations of myself.'⁣ ⁣ Find Sara's podcast, plus other tips for adjusting to life after treatment, in our free Becca app. Just search 'Becca' in your app store today.⁣ ⁣ #breastcancer #breastcancernow

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We would like to say a huge thank you to all @easyjet staff and passengers who supported #LifeSavingJourneys. Since October, easyJet have been fundraising for vital research for Breast Cancer Now and @prostatecanceruk through on-board collections and staff fundraising. Here are just a few fabulous pictures of their recent activity. #breastcancerawareness #breastcancernow #prostatecanceruk #easyjet

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Pam wrote poems to help process her breast cancer treatment. She shares her experience and an extract from her collection that remind us of the important things to remember after a diagnosis.⁣ ⁣ 'In September 2018 I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer. It came as a complete shock.⁣ ⁣ 'I feel like I have been on one of the toughest rides at the fairground with more loops and turns, ups and downs than I have experienced before.⁣ ⁣ 'I found writing things down really helped. Sometimes I took my questions into my appointments at the hospital and went through them one by one.'⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Questions, questions, questions⁣ ⁣ So many questions running through my head.⁣ ⁣ So many anxieties as I lie here in my bed.⁣ ⁣ They crowd my thoughts, invade my dreams, every single night⁣ ⁣ Impossible to cast them away, try, try as I might.⁣ ⁣ Why didn’t I know it was growing there?⁣ ⁣ Was it because I didn’t dare?⁣ ⁣ All the while it’s attacking me⁣ ⁣ Deep in a place that I cannot see.⁣ ⁣ Had it been there for very long?⁣ ⁣ Could the medics have got it wrong?⁣ ⁣ Time to ask questions now.⁣ ⁣ What can be done? When and how?⁣ ⁣ So many questions you need to ask.⁣ ⁣ Make a list, address the task.⁣ ⁣ No query is too small.⁣ ⁣ Best to raise them after all.⁣ ⁣ Knowledge is empowering or so they say.⁣ ⁣ What’s most important is you do things your way.'⁣ ⁣ #NaNoWriMo2019 #breastcancer #breastcancernow #poetry

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Jackie expected to feel like new after treatment, but she struggled with her fitness. She explains how dragon boat racing helped her regain fitness and find people who understood.⁣ ⁣ ‘I was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram. I was surprised when I received my diagnosis, as nobody in my family had had breast cancer. I felt numb.⁣ ⁣ ‘During chemotherapy, I was told I carried the inherited, altered BRCA2 gene. This means you are more at risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. My sister died of ovarian cancer, so it was difficult to tell my family and my sister’s children about this and what it might mean for them. I then needed more surgery, including an oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) and a second mastectomy.⁣ ⁣ ‘When treatment finished, I expected to feel like a new person, but I struggled with ongoing physical side effects. I had cording after surgery and was unable to do Pilates due to muscle tightening in my chest, which was upsetting.⁣ ⁣ ‘I felt frustrated at the time it was taking to get better physically. My physiotherapist suggested joining a dragon boat racing team called ‘Wave Walkers,’ with people who’ve also had an experience of cancer. ⁣ ⁣ ‘Dragon Boat racing involves paddling just on one side, but we normally change sides mid-session to use both arms. The skill is to master the technique, which isn’t all about the arms, but a slight twisting motion, where strength comes from your core and legs. ⁣ ‘Most years, our team goes to Venice to participate in the Vogalonga on the Grand Canal. With our green oars, we're very distinctive!⁣ ⁣ ‘It was brilliant paddling down the Grand Canal with everyone waving at us, and we bonded while we were away. I even texted friends and family pictures of us – something I don’t normally do. That was the point I felt I was back to some sort of ‘new normal’.⁣ ⁣ ‘Being on the water is calming. You must think about your stroke. We all know how it feels to have an off day, so there’s no judgement if you’re struggling. ‘Recovery after breast cancer isn’t immediate. But slowly, you will get there.’ ⁣ ⁣ Learn more about dragon boat racing and Wave Walkers at www.wavewalkers.co.uk ⁣ #breastcancer

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Charlotte, Cabin Crew for @easyjet was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23. She had been breast aware ever since her mum was diagnosed with the disease 12 years ago and was previously turned away from the doctor because of how young she was.⁣ ⁣ 'They sat me down and said "you have breast cancer" and because of the shock I just started laughing uncontrollably. It was an out of body experience and I don’t think I took any of what they were saying in. I just remember my mum grabbing my leg and letting out a horrified gasp. It didn’t register with me for months to be honest. I just said ‘I cannot lose my hair.⁣ ⁣ 'There are no words, you’ll never think it will happen to you. I had to grow up so quickly and it was hard but I always tried to stay positive. I would go to my chemo appointments wearing the clothes and make-up that made me feel good, and I would just deal with it.'⁣ ⁣ 'It feels really special knowing that money raised by easyJet passengers and crew during this campaign will be supporting Breast Cancer Now and @prostatecanceruk As well my own diagnosis of breast cancer, and my mum’s, my grandad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and has since made a full recovery, so both organisations are close to my heart.⁣ ⁣ 'Looking back to Christmas last year I have come so far - I wasn’t in a good place then and that’s when I got in touch with Breast Cancer Now, who were a huge support to me. I used their Forum and Moving Forward courses and the practical support they gave me at the time was worth its weight in gold.'⁣ ⁣ It's the final week of the @easyjet campaign in support of vital research for Breast Cancer Now and @prostatecanceruk where they will be fundriaisng with on-board collections. For more information about easyJet’s life-saving journeys with Breast Cancer Now and Prostate Cancer UK please visit: www.easyjet.com/breast-prostate-cancer⁣ ⁣ #breastcancerawareness #breastcancer #lifesavingjourneys #easyjet #breastcancernow

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Steve ran the Brighton Marathon for his wife.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 'I fix cars for a living but I couldn't fix this. But I know people who can. So raising funds for Breast Cancer Now was a no-brainier. Every time I run, it's a step in the right direction..'⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The Ballot for Brighton Marathon has closed, but we still have places. We would love to have you on our team. Join #TeamNow for Brighton Marathon 2020: http://bit.ly/34OuMli⁣ ⁣⁣ #breastcancernow #breastcancerresearch #brightonmarathon

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'After my treatment, at times I would feel lonely in a room full of people, so finding support was important. I asked for help from family and friends, and pursued things I’d always wanted to do before breast cancer, because the ‘right now’ became important.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 'My aunt, who’d been through cancer, told me about an Asian women’s cancer support group. I was inspired by all the women I met there. I valued belonging to a community where they understood what I was going through, physically and emotionally. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 'My support group arranged laughter therapy sessions, which involved laughing for the sake of laughing! This made me feel good, as laughter helps relieve stress. Laughter therapy taught me to see a sense of humour in everything I now do. I’ve started watching comedy programmes too. I really like Michael McIntyre. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 'Learning to laugh more, and being with people who can take things light-heartedly, has become so important to me. I used to worry about different things, such as how my house might look for guests, but it’s the love and warmth in your home that’s more important.'⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Find Bunshri's blog, plus hints and tips for living well after breast cancer treatment, in our free Becca app. Just search 'Becca' in your app store today.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #breastcancer #breastcancernow

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For #wearitpink Julie Laughton organised the ‘Wear it pink in Bardney day’, a fundraising event in support of Breast Cancer Now, raising vital funds for breast cancer research and support. ⁣ ⁣ 'Words can’t express how proud and overjoyed we were at the response of our community for the Wear it Pink in Bardney Day!⁣ ⁣ 'The bunting was up, the balloons were inflated & the collection boxes were out, ready to be filled. There were pink wigs, pink fairy wings, pink dog collars! Pubs ran pink quizzes, Bardney Bingo Club, a pink flyer, the factory employees wore pink hair nets. ⁣ ⁣ 'Children cheered in pink in morning assembly, villagers congregated in pink at the local Open Door cafe & Methodist Hall for pink cakes & afternoon tea. Pink napkins were on the table at a local restaurant & 70 people danced in pink until the late hours all with the same aim....to raise money for Breast Cancer Now.⁣ ⁣ 'And money they raised! By baking, donating, selling, raffling, dancing, drinking, eating & wearing pink, Bardney has so far raised in excess of £4,000! Money continues to come in & there is still the ‘Bardney in the Pink’ calendar to go on sale, just in time for Christmas! ⁣ ⁣ 'The Girls Gathering, better known as The GGs, are overwhelmed by the support of this small community & thank everyone for making ‘Wear it Pink in Bardney Day’ such a memorable & successful event.⁣ ⁣ We all know & love someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. We all know & love someone who is a survivor of breast cancer. We all know & love someone lost to breast cancer. You were all in our hearts on Friday.💕'⁣ ⁣ Did you organise a wear it pink event? You can pay in your fundraising on our website here ⁣http://bit.ly/payin19 ⁣ #breastcancerawareness

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When Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer, she felt like she would be a burden to her loved ones. She shares how she managed her feelings of guilt around her diagnosis. ⁣ ⁣ ‘When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, after the initial shock, my next thought was that I was suddenly going to become a burden on my husband. ⁣ ⁣ ‘I was running my own interior design company, living a life very independently and suddenly everything came crashing down. I was going to have to have chemotherapy, a lumpectomy and radiotherapy, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my life as it was. ⁣ ⁣ ‘Marriage vows say, ‘in sickness and in health’, but everyone is thinking more along the lines of a broken leg, while your other half steps up. I felt terribly guilty. ⁣ ⁣ ‘I must add that my husband never once made me feel that way. He was extremely supportive and patient but, in my mind, I was a dreadful burden and added stress to his life that he didn’t need. ⁣ ⁣ ‘I felt the same when I was telling my mother. I didn’t tell her for weeks because I kept thinking, ‘If I just get through the first few treatments, I’ll be less of a burden’. ⁣ ⁣ ‘She was furious when she found out I’d kept it from her. She lives in Ireland and I’m in London, but as far as I was concerned by keeping her in the dark, I was taking away stress she didn’t need. ⁣ ⁣ ‘The guilt was added to by people around me who would make comments like, 'That must be really hard for your husband'. ⁣ ‘He even had a Christmas card from someone at work which said, 'Thank you for everything this year. You have amazing patience with everything you have to deal with at home.' It wasn’t just my own emotions that made me feel guilty. Other people were saying it too. ⁣ ⁣ ‘It’s taken me a long time and counselling to realise that I didn’t do anything wrong. Those guilty feelings are irrational, but that didn’t stop me feeling them at the time. ⁣ ⁣ ‘I’ve had to allow myself to ask the people around me for help when I’m struggling with side effects like fatigue. It’s hard not to feel like a burden still, but I’m getting there.’ ⁣ ⁣ You can follow Susan on Instagram at @beyondthepink. ⁣ ⁣ #breastcancer

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On Saturday, over 300 guests came together for the 25th Silver Anniversary Pink Ribbon Ball. From inspirational speeches to very generous donations, our annual fundraiser evening raised over £241,000 (and still counting!). Thank you to our fabulous guests, wonderful volunteers and fantastic committee @prbcom for making the ball a success once again! #PinkRibbonBall #BreastCancerNow #BreastCancerAwareness

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'Breast cancer made me realise that I needed my body, and that it was important to work on having a better relationship with it. As I recovered, I had to work with, not against, my body.⁣ ⁣ 'I started to become fascinated by the changes that were happening to my body. So I asked a photographer, Jaine Briscoe Price @jainebriscoeprice, to embark on a project with me to capture its recovery. ⁣ ⁣ 'It was an impulsive decision to reach out to Jaine – I had no idea that I was starting a ‘love affair’ with my body. Seeing my body in the photographs reminded me of its strength and beauty. It's resilience. ⁣ ⁣ 'If you’re struggling with your body confidence after treatment, it can help to focus on what your body can do and is constantly doing.'⁣ ⁣ Find Emi's blog, plus hints and tips for navigating body image after treatment, in our free Becca app. Just search 'Becca' in your app store. ⁣ ⁣ @thecancernude ⁣ #breastcancernow #breastcancer

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What an incredible evening! Tonight we held the Pink Ribbon Silver Anniversary Ball, celebrating in silver the tremendous fundraising efforts and all that the #PinkRibbonBall has achieved for Breast Cancer Now over the years. Thank you to everyone who supported and donated tonight, helping to fund vital breast cancer research and care ✨ #breastcancernow #breastcancer @themattevers @hughhanley @wonderwomanshel @skyjacquie @donnalegz @thefizzcmj @prbcom

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What an incredible Breast Cancer Awareness Month it’s been! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This October, we’ve been blown away by the tireless work from our volunteers and partners. From supporting us in the shops, to wearing pink to raise money, it’s been a month filled with hope. The tireless work of these wonderful people means we’ll be even more able to help you both now and in the future.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve achieved. #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #breastcancernow #breastcancer

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Rona was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2014. 18 months later, her husband was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She wrote a poem whilst waiting for husband's last oncology appointment that captures the many emotions you feel at the end of treatment.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Men, women, young and old,⁣⁣ Sitting, waiting, to be told. Reading papers, on their phones ⁣⁣ Receptionists listen to all their moans⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Nervous breathing the telltale sign,⁣⁣ praying in the hope that all is fine.⁣⁣ brave faces , despite butterflies⁣⁣ But the Truth can be seen, deep in their eyes.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ When they say you have cancer that's just the start. ⁣⁣ The symptoms and emotions will break your heart.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ People say 'be positive,' 'brave,' 'it could be worse, anyway we all end up in a hearse'⁣⁣ But alas maintaining the mask can be a daunting task⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Then if your lucky treatment ends 'your in remission'⁣⁣ Back to Google for that definition ⁣⁣ Then a sigh of relief ⁣⁣ But is it going to be lengthy or brief? ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The treatment has worked at least for now ⁣⁣ But the effects the treatment we don't know how⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Time to move on and live life to the max⁣⁣ But will it return and stop us in our tracks?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #breastcancer #breastcancernow

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To our dedicated volunteers, amazing Asda Community Champions and the very generous Asda customers – Thank you. Your support through the bucket collections across 385 Asda​ stores has been incredible. ⁣ #breastcancerawarenessmonth #breastcancernow #asda #tickledpink

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During treatment, Avril struggled to find the right local support services for her. Now, she’s using her background in tech to broaden choices for everyone affected by cancer.⁣ ⁣ ‘I found a lump in July 2015. My doctor referred me for a mammogram and ultrasound. The consultant radiologist then recommended an MRI and biopsy. Although my biopsy results came back benign, the consultant was still unhappy with my MRI scan, so I had a wire-guided lumpectomy. I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and had a mastectomy and chemotherapy.⁣ ⁣ ‘My first reaction to my diagnosis was, “are you joking?” When I realised they weren’t, my world stopped. My divorce had just come through, I genuinely felt like I couldn’t feel any lower. But I did. Nothing prepares you for hearing the words ‘you have breast cancer’. I don’t think anything will match hearing those words again.⁣ ⁣ ‘During treatment, I was struggling to find certain things I needed. I remember wanting to find a hat in a physical shop to keep my head warm after chemo. But when I searched online, I couldn’t find a local shop that stocked chemo hats! I felt really frustrated. I just wanted to place a pin in a map online, and for it to bring up all the local services that could help me. I knew if I was struggling to connect with support services near me, others must be struggling too. ⁣ ⁣ ‘After treatment, I decided to use my background in technology to create a digital platform called ‘Cancer Central’. It’s constantly growing, but it signposts to businesses, services, charities and communities that can help others affected by cancer. Connecting people to the great stuff out there that already exists.⁣ ⁣ ‘Cancer Central is about connecting people to support in a smart way. By finding out a little about who you are, and where you are, it can broaden connections for you and give you more choice. The whole thing has been built by the community - different individuals and organisations. So, I like to say Cancer Central has been built through ‘Cominovation’ - a process that uses innovation, and the community, to help people affected by cancer.’⁣ ⁣ #breastcancer

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We’re Breast Cancer Now, the charity that’s powered by world-class research and driven by life-changing care. We’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future. ⁣ ⁣ Why? Because although we continue to make huge progress, we still lose thousands of people to breast cancer every year and hundreds of thousands more need our support to deal with the physical and emotional impacts of the disease.⁣ ⁣ We won’t stop until everyone diagnosed with breast cancer lives – and is supported to live well.⁣ ⁣ #breastcancer #breastcancernow #breastcancercare #breastcancerawarenessmonth #bcam

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Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a non-invasive form of breast cancer. It's thought that up to half of DCIS cases will turn into invasive breast cancer if left untreated. But it’s difficult to predict which ones will become invasive and which ones won’t. We need to find better ways to tell them apart so everyone can receive the timely and most appropriate treatment for them.⁣ ⁣ Dr Richard Grose is investigating the molecular changes during DCIS growth to be able to do just that. He has used cells from our Tissue Bank to create a 3D model of the disease to study it in the lab. Find out more about this research project on our website here http://bit.ly/DrGrose⁣ ⁣ #breastcancernow #breastcancerresearch

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And they’re off! This autumn, our amazing friends at @easyjet will be fundraising for Breast Cancer Now and @prostatecanceruk with on-board collections, raising money to fund life-saving research into breast cancer and prostate cancer. Keep an eye out for the collection on-board your UK bound flight until 17 November. ⁣ ⁣ #LifeSavingJourneys #breastcancernow #breastcancerawareness

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'Before I was diagnosed, I was so fit and strong, I felt like an Amazon! But without my normal energy levels, I couldn’t cook like I used to and went for convenient options. ⁣ ⁣ 'During treatment, the steroids caused me to put on weight, and I also started to overeat, as eating was an accessible comfort. I put on around three stone after my diagnosis. ⁣ ⁣ 'Instead of expressing my emotions after my diagnosis, I ate them! I ate a lot of rubbish and because I felt sluggish, I stopped doing exercise.⁣ ⁣ 'When I was waiting for my reconstruction and after surgery, I felt frustrated with what I could do physically. If I couldn’t exercise to the level I wanted, then I didn’t exercise at all! It became an ‘all or nothing’ situation.⁣ ⁣ 'I've still got a little way to go, but I’ve gradually lost over one stone. Some people have told me I should just appreciate I’m alive and not worry about my weight gain. But I don't think they realise how gaining weight after treatment can get you down when you know you’re not making the best of yourself.'⁣ ⁣ Find Rebekah's blog on losing weight healthily, plus tips on adjusting to life after treatment, in our free Becca app. Just search 'Becca' in your app store today.⁣ ⁣ #breastcancer #breastcancernow

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‘Originally I was looking for reassurance, for someone to say “I understand how you’re feeling”. But it’s become so much more than that. It’s not just about cancer, it’s about friendship, and that’s why this is so special.’ Vicky⁣ ⁣ This #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, together with @marksandspencer we are highlighting that everyone can help someone affected by breast cancer and that support can be found in the most unexpected places. Vicky, Lisa and Sophie were all diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. They were strangers until social media brought them together where they supported each other for two years before finally meeting in person.⁣ ⁣ M&S customers can help make a difference by shopping selected M&S sleepwear products, available from 1 to 31 October. M&S will donate 25% from each purchase to fund Breast Cancer Now’s ground-breaking breast cancer research.⁣ ⁣ #breastcancerresearch #breastcancernow #breastcancer

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Our new survey suggests that over 150,000 women in the UK have experienced sexual difficulties, including vaginal dryness, pain and loss of libido, as a result of breast cancer treatment. Nearly half (46%) of the women surveyed said they experienced sexual difficulties as a result of breast cancer treatment, and a third of those who had experienced difficulties reported that they needed support but didn't ask their hospital team or GP for it. These findings come as we launch our new partnership with @annsummers to help start the conversation about issues related to sex and intimacy after a diagnosis of breast cancer. #breastcancer #breastcancernow #breastcancercare #breastcancerawarenessmonth #bcam

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Darlaine shares why it is so important to share experiences about sex and intimacy after a breast cancer diagnosis. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ‘I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2016 after attending a routine screening appointment.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 'I just wanted the cancer gone and to get on with my life. My partner came with me on the day of my diagnosis. He said to the nurse, "Don’t worry, I’ll look after her." ⁣⁣⁣ ‘After my first operation, I noticed that my partner had stopped giving me any sexual attention. At first, I thought it might be because he was scared to hurt me, but it continued throughout my treatment.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘By January 2017, I found it increasingly hard to manage emotionally. I gradually felt the need to be on my own for a while, so I temporarily moved out of our home into a bedsit nearby. However, we were still very much a couple.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘On the evening before my final double mastectomy, I found out that my partner had been on a dating website. I challenged him and he made a big show of deleting the profile. When I was in recovery, I checked and saw that his profile was still active.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘It was a huge shock, especially as he had been outwardly so supportive after my surgery. ⁣⁣⁣ ‘Although my care during my breast cancer treatment was generally great, the topic of sex was only touched lightly on by my doctors and nurses. It was all about the immediate things in hand, and I didn’t feel prepared for the aftermath.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘I had the pleasure of attending a focus group on sex, intimacy and body confidence after breast cancer with Ann Summers and Breast Cancer Now. The session aimed to understand how best to help women who feel anxious about sex because of early menopause, side effects and ongoing treatment.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘It was brilliant to discuss something that’s usually so personal with other women.’⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ There are many challenges to improving sexual wellbeing for women affected by breast cancer, and one of the first steps is starting the conversation. Today we are launching our new partnership with @annsummers, to help highlight the scale of the issues many women are facing, as well as encouraging and supporting this important conversation. #breastcancer

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'Barbara and I have been friends for over 60 years. We grew apart for a while but luckily found each other again when our husbands died within a year of each other with cancer. My mum had breast cancer when she was early 70. A friend of hers told her to go for a breast check, thankfully she did. She survived. ⁣ ⁣ 'Barbara and I continue to be there for each other. Our mottos are It is what it is and Because we can. We love going to exercise with the twins, sometimes hard but always fun. When asked by Chloe and Francesca to do the photo shoot we just jumped at the chance for such a much needed charity which affects so many friends and family.⁣ ⁣ ‘We both feel so confident in our Tikiboo outfits from the Breast Cancer Now collection, it’s beautiful and it’s fantastic that 20% of each product sold from the collection goes to Breast Cancer Now’ - Jane.⁣ ⁣ Barbara and Jane have been going to a fitness class taught by @tikiboofitness ambassadors @townsend_twins for the last year. The twins along with Barbara and Jane support the colourful collection from @tikiboofitness where 20% of selected products sold funds vital breast cancer research and care. Find out more at https://www.tikiboo.co.uk/collections/breast-cancer-now⁣ ⁣ #breastcancernow #tikiboo

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Liz @oriordanliz shares her experience of returning to work as a breast surgeon after her own diagnosis, and why she’s now an ambassador for Working with Cancer.⁣ ⁣ 'As a consultant breast surgeon I spent most of my working life treating patients with breast cancer. Until I was diagnosed with cancer myself, I'd no idea what a huge impact it would have on my work.⁣ ⁣ 'I was diagnosed when I was 40 and had nine months of treatment. I didn’t consider working during chemotherapy. There was no way I could safely look after breast cancer patients while having treatment myself.⁣ ⁣ 'It was obvious that I didn’t have the energy or the concentration to work full-time. My medical team thought I needed six months of part-time working.⁣ ⁣ 'Neither my line manager nor I were aware that a cancer diagnosis means that you are legally disabled and that your employer must make reasonable adjustments to help you return to work. This only applies if your employer knows you have had cancer.⁣ ⁣ 'I was thrown a lifeline by Working with Cancer, a social movement helping people affected by cancer return to work. They work with patients and employers to make things as easy and as fair as possible.⁣ ⁣ 'Going back to work was one of the hardest things I’ve done. Breaking bad news to patients meant revisiting my own diagnosis. My cancer came back locally last year. The side effects of my treatment have permanently reduced my shoulder movement which meant I can no longer operate. I had no choice but to retire, giving up the career I have spent 20 years training to do.⁣ ⁣ 'One in two of us are going to get cancer in our lifetime. You’ll be tired and find it harder to concentrate and having the backing of the medical team will make things easier. ⁣ ⁣ 'Secondly, know your legal rights. You are legally disabled, and your employer may need to be reminded of that, so they don’t discriminate against you.⁣ ⁣ 'Work can offer a lifeline back to normality, wellbeing and stability for both primary and metastatic cancer patients. It might be something that helps you forget you have cancer for a while. Employers need to remember this and provide the support that we all need and deserve.⁣' ⁣ #breastcancer

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'Ask yourself if you’re coping with what’s going on and be aware that everything that’s happening to you physically has an emotional impact too. ⁣ ⁣ 'If I ever felt really angry or upset that I had breast cancer, osteoporosis, or sore joints, I would look for emotional support.'⁣ ⁣ Find Rebecca's blog, plus other tips for looking after your physical and emotional wellbeing after treatment ends, in our free Becca app. Just search 'Becca' in your app store today.⁣ ⁣ #breastcancernow #breastcancer #WorldOsteoporosisDay

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From all of us here at Breast Cancer Now, to everyone who took part in #WearItPink today – thank you. Thank you for raising money, money that will help us ensure that we can create a more hopeful future.

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We’ve been blown away by your amazing wear it pink efforts so far, here are just a few of the photos we’ve had from people’s events. You are all amazing! The money you’re raising today will help us fund research that will help us ensure that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer lives, while providing support now to ensure that those with breast cancer are able to live well now. #wearitpink #breastcancernow #breastcancer

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‘I went along and the waiting room was very quiet. The people around me were anxious. It was only then I sensed something could be wrong. I was prepared for the news. There were tears obviously and then I called the Breast Cancer Now helpline..’⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Lurline was diagnosed with breast cancer on 17 March 2016, a date she says she will always remember. Join us, and help turn fear into hope for the 55,000 women and 370 men diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣ http://bit.ly/2OVbFBq

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‘My mum is probably one of the most important parts of who I am. She is forever my inspiration: always supportive of others, always putting them first. She was continually providing a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen. I try to live my life like this, carrying on my mum’s values and legacy every day.⁣ ⁣ ‘This is why I do what I can to raise money for research and the care of breast cancer patients: so that one day, cancer will be as treatable as the common cold’⁣ ⁣ Rich’s Mum was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in September 2006 and given the all clear five years later. In 2015, the cancer had come back as secondary bone cancer, and in March 2016, Rich’s Mum sadly passed away. ⁣ ⁣ Tomorrow, thousands of supporters will wear pink, raise money and help make life-saving breast cancer research happen. We wish all of you the best of luck! ⁣ ⁣ #Wearitpink #breastcancernow

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Esther shares how Breast Cancer Now’s services helped her reclaim her life after her diagnosis in 2013.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 'No one could have prepared me for hearing those three words: 'You have cancer'. The bottom of my world fell away. ⁣⁣⁣ 'The nurse gave me a thick wallet full information, but it would be weeks before I could face reading any of it. I was still trying to accept and internalise my diagnosis. I’m a small-chunks thinker, and this was big-chunk stuff! ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 'Fortunately, I have a sister who is an oncologist who was able to talk me through my options. I opted to receive treatment at a clinic an hour away, and the doctors and nurses were fantastic with me — despite my phobia of needles. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 'For just over six months, it felt like my life was one long hospital appointment. Six sessions of chemotherapy, 15 sessions of radiotherapy and two rounds of surgery resulting in a mastectomy. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 'I was at a real crossroads about whether to have reconstruction or not — it was a big decision, either way. I contacted Breast Cancer Now who put me onto their Someone Like Me service, where I was able to quiz others who had been through similar experiences. Sometimes I just wanted reassurance. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 'I spent many an hour using the Breast Cancer Now Forum, where there are so many lovely ladies offering so much good advice. This was a great place to ask questions, discuss any breast cancer-related topic and if I wanted to moan about stuff, that was okay too! ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 'Before I went back to work, Breast Cancer Now invited me to attend a half-day Moving Forward Course, which talked about adjusting to life after breast cancer. I was amongst a group of ladies who had been through a similar experience to me, and it was nice to chat freely and discuss our journeys in an informal but confidential way. ⁣⁣⁣ 'Despite my diagnosis being nearly five years ago, I still feel like it was yesterday. The scar I have from the mastectomy is a daily reminder. But as the saying goes, ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. It is certainly the case for me. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ 'For me, there is life after breast cancer. I love making the most of every day.' #breastcancernow

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'Coming to terms with a diagnosis of breast cancer is incredibly tough, not only for the person affected but for their friends and family too.⁣ ⁣ 'My cousin, who is one year older than me, was treated for breast cancer last year. My aunt has also been treated and my grandmother sadly passed away from it.⁣ ⁣ 'I’m always proud to be supporting Tickled Pink as the money raised will help Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now to ensure that no one has to face breast cancer alone.” - @lisa_snowdon Ambassador for Breast Cancer Now.⁣ ⁣ To celebrate #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth @asda have turned a whole range of products pink for their #TickledPink campaign! For each pink product sold, a donation will be made to Breast Cancer Now to raise money for vital breast cancer research and support. So pop in-store or go online to find out more! asda.com/tickled-pink⁣ ⁣ #breastcancerawareness #breastcancernow #asda #tickledpink

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Katie was diagnosed with breast cancer three times before she turned 30. She shares how she’s kept her sense of self while living with secondary breast cancer.⁣ ⁣ ‘At the end of my final year of university, I was 21 and ready to take life by the reins to begin my journey as a qualified adult. However, it appeared that my body — my right breast to be precise — had decided otherwise. I was diagnosed with grade 3 primary breast cancer.⁣ ⁣ ‘A few days after the C-bomb had dropped, in the utter desolation left in its wake, I found myself wondering where the guidebook was on how to navigate life now that cancer had bought a majority stake in my future. ⁣ ⁣ ‘I coped with my primary diagnosis by channelling my trauma into something proactive to assist others. I penned blogs for magazines, spoke on stage for the Teenage Cancer Trust and created YouTube vlogs documenting the highs and the lows of my recovery.⁣ ⁣ ‘In 2016 during my yearly scan, a second primary tumour was found in my left breast. It was found early, so it was decided that I should have a second mastectomy. Yet again I moved on with my life. ⁣ ⁣ ‘Earlier this year, I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. My fears were suddenly a reality. I was sad for those around me, for the ways they might have to come to terms with my disease as a lifelong presence. For me, there was never an option to give in.⁣ ⁣ ‘There’s a certain liberation in being told you have secondary breast cancer. The ‘worst’ has transpired and yet I feel good. I am acutely aware of the value of life. ⁣ ⁣ ‘I like to think of my secondary diagnosis as a chronic condition. Not ideal by any stretch, but certainly manageable. My most recent MRI reveals a stable disease.⁣ ⁣ ‘Cancer may have taken both of my breasts, my fertility and potentially precious time, but I will forever retain my unique sense of self. It could so easily have been lost in the minefield that is breast cancer.⁣ ⁣ ‘Despite everything, my heart is so full of gratitude. I have a renewed capacity for seeing life through the eyes of someone acutely aware of how precious it is.’⁣ ⁣ Follow Kate on YouTube at Katiestone7 or Instagram @kates_cleavage⁣ ⁣ #secondarybreastcancer

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Actor and Breast Cancer Now ambassador @amanda_mealing struggled with PTSD after her breast cancer diagnosis. She explains why it’s so important to find the right emotional support for you. ⁣ ⁣ 'The signs of the anxiety condition post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be incredibly subtle, but I’ve found it begins with my energy levels. They start to dip and then I tell myself I’m too tired to meet up or go out. ⁣ ⁣ 'Then I begin to avoid people, places and things – even the telephone. I would rather text than speak to someone when, more often than not, I should be doing the opposite. ⁣ ⁣ 'Then comes the anxiety. Once I’ve knocked back a few invites, I begin fixating on reasons why I can’t or shouldn’t do things and fretting about them. I then elevate them to issues or “absolutes” that prevent me from doing things. ⁣ ⁣ 'Then comes the low. I berate myself for failing to do things and lying to others about why I couldn’t make it, which leads to self-loathing. ⁣ ⁣ 'Then come the dreaded Cs. It starts with comparing myself to others and always coming off worse. Compare. Contrast. Compete. Criticise. Control. Each and every one of these Cs will leave you on the negative side of your emotions. When you’re low, you hand power to these things. It’s incredibly difficult to get out of these emotions on your own. It’s a greasy pole you’ve got to climb up. ⁣ ⁣ 'That’s where Becca, the breast cancer support app, comes in. By checking in daily, I can prevent these things taking hold and that’s the secret; grab it early! I’m not superhuman. No one is. These emotions can happen to everyone. It’s how far they take hold that’s the difference.'⁣ ⁣ Find more personal stories, plus hints and tips for managing life after treatment, in our free Becca app. Just search 'Becca' in your app store today.⁣ ⁣ #breastcancernow #breastcancer

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Last week, 640 guests came together for the fabulous fundraising dinner, A Bigger Bounce. The evening raised vital funds for breast cancer research and we would like to thank everyone for their incredible support and generous donations, in particular a huge thanks to the Committee and Co-Chairs, Carolyn McCall and Philippa Brown.⁣ ⁣ We are thrilled to reveal that the total raised is over £1 million- Thank you!⁣ ⁣ #ABiggerBounce #breastcancernow #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerresearch @fleureast @molly.hocking.music @stephenmulhern @lorrainekellysmith @emmawillisofficial @thetittygritty

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When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body from the breast, it is called secondary breast cancer. At this stage, although it can be managed, it is incurable.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ We believe research holds the key to saving these lives and right now, we’re funding just over £26 million worth of world-leading breast cancer research projects, supporting almost 340 of the world’s brightest researchers at institutions across the UK and Ireland.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Professor Gary Cook from King’s College London is trying to develop a new way to tell, at an early stage, whether a treatment is successfully controlling secondary breast cancer in the bone. This could help to ensure that people receive the most appropriate treatments for them.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Professor Nicola Sibson from the University of Oxford is trying to find new treatment options for secondary breast cancer in the brain. She is testing whether anti-inflammatory drugs, like those commonly used to treat arthritis, could be used in combination with radiotherapy to help treat breast cancer which has spread to the brain.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Professor Robert Clarke from the University of Manchester wants to find ways to prevent and control breast cancer that has spread to the bones. He is studying how the environment inside the bones may help breast cancer cells to survive and grow, and how we could interfere with this process.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣ Find out more at: ‪https://breastcancernow.org/breast-cancer-research/our-research-projects/‬⁣⁣ ⁣ #beeastcancerresearch #secondarybreastcancer #breastcancernow

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'I sought advice from my doctor as I was experiencing a range of issues including nausea, acute indigestion, and fatigue. However, it took at least five appointments with my GP before a blood test was arranged. Over these three years, I also saw a number of different specialists about these symptoms. By the time the cancer was found, it had spread significantly and was incurable.' — Jo Myatt, 44, was diagnosed with incurable secondary breast cancer in August 2016⁣ ⁣ In our recent survey of people living with secondary breast cancer in the UK, nearly one in four (24%) respondents who had previously been treated for breast cancer had to visit their GP three or more times with symptoms before being diagnosed with the return and spread of the disease. ⁣ ⁣ We are calling for urgent change to ensure the right support, treatment and care is available to women diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. Will you help to support our campaign? Sign the petition: http://bit.ly/unsurvivorspetition⁣ ⁣ #unsurvivors #secondarybreastcancer

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We won’t stop until everyone with incurable secondary breast cancer receives a prompt diagnosis, has fast access to the treatments they need and is supported by a Clinical Nurse Specialist. ⁣ ⁣ That’s why today we’ve launched 'The Unsurvivors', a new campaign shining a light on the experiences of people living with secondary breast cancer and calling for urgent change. http://bit.ly/unsurvivors⁣ ⁣ #SecondaryBreastCancerAwarenessDay #SecondaryBreastCancer

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‘Everybody needs somebody, and friendship can get you through anything.’ Julie⁣ ⁣ Farida and Julie were put in touch by a mutual friend following Farida’s diagnosis, and have since been inspired by their shared experience of cancer to start a comedy and theatre stage show.⁣ ⁣ This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, together with @marksandspencer we are highlighting the support that can make all the difference for women affected by breast cancer. M&S customers can help make a difference by shopping selected @marksandspencer sleepwear products, available from 1 to 31 October. M&S will donate 25% from each purchase to fund Breast Cancer Now’s ground-breaking breast cancer research. ⁣ ⁣ #breastcancernow #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

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Before cancer, Emi struggled with her body image. She explains why her relationship with her body is now better than ever, and shares tips for women struggling with their body image after treatment. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘I was diagnosed with primary breast cancer in 2013. I was 33 years old. My treatment included four operations, and seven rounds of chemotherapy. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘Before breast cancer, my relationship with my body was what I'd call typical of a 33-year-old. I’d subscribed to the ‘female code’ of body shame – I’d look for ways to improve or fix my body, and publicly put myself down. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘After my diagnosis, I realised I’d been an idiot for thinking about my body in this way! Breast cancer made me realise that I needed my body, and that it was important to work on having a better relationship with it. As I recovered, I had to work with, not against, my body. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘I started to become fascinated by the changes that were happening to my body. So I asked a photographer, Jaine Briscoe Price, to embark on a project with me to capture its recovery. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘It was an impulsive decision to reach out to Jaine – I had no idea that I was starting a ‘love affair’ with my body. Seeing my body in the photographs reminded me of its strength and beauty. It's resilience. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘Jaine, who is now a good friend, would ask me to sum up each of the nine photography shoots we did in one word. When I did this, it would help me focus on what I was feeling in my body as it recovered. To connect with it. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘If you’re struggling with your body confidence after treatment, it can help to focus on what your body can do and is constantly doing. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ‘I try to think about the millions of cells in my body just coolly striving to achieve health. Or, the things our bodies enable us to do, from covering our basic needs, to providing us with special talents or hobbies. The ability to give love, make humans, and recover.’ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Emi blogs about body image on @thecancernude Photos by @jainebriscoeprice ⁣⁣⁣ Find more stories on body image, and other tips for adjusting to life after treatment, in our Becca app. ⁣Just search 'Becca' in your app store.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #breastcancernow

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Last year, Breast Cancer Now's Pink Ribbon Ball London raised over £250,000 for vital breast cancer research. With just under a month to go, we look forward to the 25th annual Pink Ribbon Ball London, a memorable evening of fundraising for vital breast cancer research and care. ⁣ ⁣ There are still are still a few tickets available! If you would like to join us on November 2nd please email [email protected]⁣ ⁣ #pinkribbonball #breastcancerawareness

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We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us kick-start Breast Cancer Awareness Month by getting involved in our national bucket collection in 400 @Asda superstores across the UK. You are amazing!⁣ ⁣ #breastcancernow #tickledpink #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerawarenessmonth #bcam

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'I have always had a pretty positive attitude to life and this is one thing that has changed, but not for the worse. The way I think now is that negativity is not a very helpful emotion. Life needs to be dealt with and things need to be faced realistically.⁣ ⁣ 'I try to deal with what happens and to move forward, not dwelling on things I can’t change, but understanding them. The one thing that is really important for me is to celebrate the good in the world, whether its family, friends, people I meet randomly, the sunshine, beautiful places, music, art, a good book... I could go on. There are so many wonderful things that lift my heart every day, and while I can appreciate them, that’s what I will do.'⁣ ⁣ Find Fran's blog on managing life after treatment, plus other hints and tips for moving forward, in our free Becca app. Just search 'Becca' in your app store today.⁣ ⁣ #breastcancernow #breastcancercare

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The stunning @skyjacquie is the host of our evening at #TheShowLondon and she’s brought her best friend who works as a breast care nurse with her 💕 #breastcancer #breastcancernow #fashionshow

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'Going through treatment, it’s all about the next appointment, and the next appointment. Then suddenly, that drops off and it’s like ‘we’re not going to see you anymore’. I had no idea what I was meant to do. Then there’s the fear; how long is the cancer staying away, the fear of it coming back, what will I do if it comes back?'⁣ ⁣ Anna was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Join us, and help turn that fear into hope for the 55,000 women and 370 men diagnosed every year in the UK. ⁣http://bit.ly/weseehope ⁣ #breastcancernow #breastcancer #breastcancercare #breastcancerresearch

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‘I used to watch Vic talking about breast cancer on her Instagram Stories. I found it comforting because I agree with everything she was saying. I used to message her saying that I felt like we were going through the same thing. At the same time, Sophie and I were also messaging one another.’ Lisa⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, together with @marksandspencer we are highlighting the support that can make all the difference for women affected by breast cancer. From finding friendships on Instagram to being comforted by an ex-husband’s new wife, we’re shining a light on four real-life stories from inspirational women who found support in unexpected places. Lisa, Sophie and Vic found each other, and support, through social media having all being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ M&S customers can help make a difference by shopping selected M&S sleepwear products, available from 1 to 31 October. M&S will donate 25% from each purchase to fund Breast Cancer Now’s ground-breaking breast cancer research.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ #breastcancerawarenessmonth #bcam

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer with around 55,000 women and 370 men diagnosed every year in the UK – that’s one woman every 10 minutes and one man every day. Although we continue to make progress, we still lose far too many people we love to breast cancer. At Breast Cancer Now, we’re here for anyone affected by breast cancer. We’ll support you the whole way through, and keep driving research forward, faster. So, while breast cancer still creates fear, if we all act now, we’ll see more hope. ⁣ ⁣ #breastcancernow #breastcancercare #breastcancer #breastcancerawarenessmonth #breastcancerawareness #bcam #pinkribbon #cancer