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50 Shades of Pink. Women of Breast Influence - Nikki Speer

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50 Shades of Pink.  Women of Breast Influence - Nikki Speer

This month I introduce you to Nikki Speer, who is a beautiful Previvor. I met Nikki through Instagram where she shares her story and clothing line inspired by her late beautiful mum. Although, Nikki, has not had breast cancer, she has experienced it many times through the women in her family. She has been a care-giver, supporter, and advocate.  The strong chance that she too can one day be another breast cancer statistic in her family, and wanting to be there for her husband and children, made her decide to take drastic measures and have a double mastectomy and reconstruction. ...

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50 Shades of Pink.  Women of Breast Influence - Jennifer Pellechio-Lukowiak

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50 Shades of Pink.  Women of Breast Influence - Jennifer Pellechio-Lukowiak

Our first "Women of Breast Influence" is Jennifer Pellechio-Lukowiak.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jenn last year in New York City and loved her instantly.  Jenn is the author of ‘Does This Outfit Make Me Look Bald?’ and writes regular blogs on her website and social media.  You will love Jenn who was the original Tamoxibabe and is now a rocking Arimidiva. I asked the amazing Arimidiva, Jennifer, what her shade of pink was and she replied:  "Oh and I love that you asked me my favorite pink color...I'm a color nerd and I love Pantone's Knockout Pink.  It's...

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Lessons from October

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Pinktober is well and truly over.  The pink ribbons are packed away, news stories have slowed down and the pink events are over until next year. So what have we learnt from Pinktober? I would say that there were many lessons and yet there is still more to learn. Thankfully, people are starting to understand that breast cancer is beyond pink.  It is real and nasty.  It cannot be tied up in a pretty pink ribbon.  It is more than a pink a ribbon.  Breast cancer affects real people, their families and their lives.  The McGrath Foundation recently published survey...

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Helpful Hints

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Helpful Hints

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on Friday, 18 April 2008.  That day is seared into my memory and I can honestly detail every moment of that day.  From that day my life was divided into two parts – before cancer (BC) and after diagnosis (AD). When I heard the words that I honestly never thought I would hear in my life, I broke down in tears.  My world changed that day.  I made the decision to follow the advice of my medical team.  My treatment was a mastectomy with an immediate reconstruction, chemo and now the joys of tamoxifen. ...

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Breast cancer is beyond Pink

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Breast cancer is beyond Pink

It is October which is the start of International Breast Cancer Awareness month. I personally have mixed feelings about October and the overdose of pink, yet I am conscious that this time of year is important in not only raising awareness of this horrible disease but also much needed funds into research, treatment, new medications and support care. Breast cancer is beyond pink. The message of awareness is still very important and I ask you to please, please, please check your breasts. Awareness is more than a pink event or buying pink endorsed merchandise. Awareness is knowing the symptoms of...

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