This month’s guest blog post is from a wonderful lady called Sheila Logan who I know via an article in Vita magazine back in 2011. Sheila’s post is about her breast cancer story and how like us she wanted to help others.
My name is Sheila Logan and on 1st June 2009, following my first mammogram, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
My treatment plan was for a lumpectomy, followed by chemotherapy, radiotherapy and 5 years of medication. Following the surgery, I was left with 2 wounds close together under my arm, which proved both painful and awkward in everyday situations.
I found it difficult to sleep as lying on the wounded side was too sore and lying on the opposite side meant the weight of the breast was pulling against the wounds, travelling in the car I was always protecting the area in case of sudden stops and out shopping or socialising I felt quite vulnerable as I was afraid of anyone bumping into my wounded side. If you can imagine having a shoulder bag on one side while trying to protect the other side and push a shopping trolley around the supermarket at the same time, it was awkward!
I searched for products to help and saw nothing so designed and made items for myself which helped me greatly in recovery. On speaking to Continue reading
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Tagged after breast surgery, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, Emotions, life changing, lumpectomy, Mastectomy, positive, TenderCush, under arm discomfort
How many of you look at the wash care labels in your bras? And of those that do, do you even follow them?
Did you realise that not looking after you bra properly could shorten its already relatively short life? A bra will typically last anywhere between 6-12 months or longer depending on a few factors;
1) The quality of the bra.
2) How often you wear it.
3) How you care for it.
Why is it important to care for your bra properly? Continue reading
This week’s blog post is from a wonderful lady called Beth Kaufman who I have only every met via social media… The wonders of Facebook has brought us together and now like me you can experience her wonderful way of words.
As I approach my five year mark the fear factor is setting in. I would prefer it to be the Xfactor as I would get my chance to Make Simon smile! The fear factor is real though, it is like the perpetual boogie man that never leaves your closet, even if you’re in your 40′s! What could we accomplish in five years Continue reading
Everywhere we look at the moment we are bombarded with reminders that it is breast cancer awareness month…. Pink products in the shops, celebrity endorsed campaigns, interviews on TV programmes and in newspapers…. but what can you yourself do to raise awareness?
Well here are 10 simple things you can do that can make all the difference and might even save a life.
- Download http://ibreastcheck.com free mobile app. The award winning app tells you how you go about checking your breasts and has handy reminder service.
- Send a text to all you female friends telling them about http://ibreastcheck.com
- Do a self exam, YES check your breasts.
- Talk to your daughters about the importance Continue reading
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Tagged BRCA, BRCA genes, Breast Cancer Awareness, breast cancer examination, Helpline, iBreastcheck, October, Pink Ribbon, Pink Ribbon Lingerie, The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline
Just like most of you yesterday we woke to the news that Angelina Jolie has a preventative double mastectomy, following the news that she carries the BRCA1 gene and had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer.
Click here to find out more about Angelina Jolie’s news.
Firstly I would like to commend her on sharing her story with the world and I am amazed that she managed to keep private for so long.
Raising awareness about BRCA has been very difficult you only have to ask Wendy Watson the founder of the Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline the struggles she went through to prove their was a family link and to go to become the first person in the UK to have a preventative double mastectomy and to set up the fantastic charity to help others in her position.
So what does all this news about mean?
Well is means that by sharing her story it shows the world that cancer can affect anyone, rich, poor, black, white, ANYONE!
The Breast Cancer Facts:
Most women with breast cancer do not have Continue reading
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Tagged Angeline Jolie, Ashkenazi Jews, BRCA, BRCA genes, BRCA1, BRCA2, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, Breast Cancer Care, Genes, Helpline, Mastectomy, Pink Ribbon Lingerie, Prevenatitive Mastectomy, The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline, Wendy Watson
Today’s guest blogger is Kim, who I met last year and has kindly offered to share her story about her journey to motherhood the BRCA free way!
I have just gone through my first round of PGD and at the time of writing this I am 19 weeks pregnant with a BRCA free baby and I am over the moon!
WHAT IS PGD?
PGD stands for Pre Genetic Diagnosis and is a way of screening embryos to ensure that a specific genetic condition is not passed on to children of those affected.
It is a fairly new process for BRCA1 carriers introduced in 2007 (and 2010 for BRCA2 carriers). By 2009, less than 10 couples with BRCA1 had applied to attempt the process, and according to a recent article published in the European Journal of Human Genetics, there have only been 8 pregnancies using this method to date.
WHAT IS BRCA1 & BRCA2?
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Tagged Assisted Reproductive Technology, BRCA, BRCA genes, BRCA1, BRCA2, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Care, gene mutation, Genes, Helpline, motherhood, PGD, Pre Genetic Diagnosis, The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline
Pink Ribbon Lingerie has been featured on the front cover and page 31 of this weeks issue of The Voice Newspaper! Grab a copy while you still can!
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Tagged Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, Camille Johnson, clothes, clothing, Darcey Lingerie Set, Mastectomy, Mastectomy Lingerie, Mastectomy Swimwear, Pink Night Dress, Pink Ribbon Lingerie, positive, The Voice, The Voice Newspaper