With Breast Cancer Awareness month coming to an end, we would like to encourage you to continue to #THINKPINK not just through the month of October but daily to honour and remember our loved ones. Join us in the fight against cancer!
Over on our social media accounts, we have been sharing tips and advice on how to perform self-examinations and what actions to take next if you do find yourself with any of the Breast Cancer symptoms.
Some of the symptoms are:
- A lump in the breast or a lump in the armpit
- Dimpling/ puckering of the skin - Inverted nipples (a nipple that has turned in)
- A rash on the nipple
- Discharge from the nipple
Breast changes are a normal result of ageing and can change depending on hormone levels. Most changes are not cancerous but it’s always best to make sure you have regular self examinations alongside mammograms.
Last year we had the honour of getting to know Breast Cancer survivor Dee, in which she shared with us her Breast Cancer journey. Dee (@deewlth_) was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 24 in May 2018 and thankfully recovered this February 2019. She is such a strong woman and we are honoured to have been able to work with her again this year. On the topic of breast cancer awareness Dee had a few words of encouragement and advice she would like to share;
“ In terms of advice for women in similar situations as myself, one of the most important things that I would advocate for is having a strong support system. It’s so crucial, I understand everybody’s personal circumstances are different so it doesn’t even have to be family or friends it could be their designated breast care nurses/chemo nurses/consultants/ support groups or other patients. It’s so important not to carry it all by yourself, i get people don’t want to feel like a burden but more than often people do really want to help”
“Secondly, take it each day at a time, try not to think too much about the future. Some days are easier and some days are more challenging but just go easy on yourself, try and do easy gentle things to distract you e.g. watching your favourite comedy show or film, listening to up-beat music, even writing to let out any frustrations. Even getting counselling or therapy which is free via Macmillan, anything really that will help boost your mood”
“Honestly I didn’t always feel strong in the beginning I really struggled but I got to a point where I just thought I’m not going to let this define me, I believe in God and I’m big on law of attraction so I made a decision to do my best to have a positive outlook and have faith that things will get better, also my family were a great help especially my mum she pretty much took the time out to look after me so I wasn’t home all the time by myself, which honestly just made the whole time so much easier”
We are thankful for Dee’s words of encouragement and hope she has benefited you in some way. As Dee mentioned, you do not need to be alone during this period of time and can find support not only in friends and family but charities and healthcare workers.
Finally please do ensure you are spreading awareness and making sure you and your loved ones are both self examining and having regular checks. #THINKPINK
- Breast Cancer Care
- Breast Cancer Now
- Cancer Research