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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 - AnnMarie Otis

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50 Shades of Pink. Women of Breast Influence - AnnMarie Otis

This month I introduce you to an amazing woman who loves stiletto shoes, Unicorns, is a passionate advocate for metastatic breast cancer, and loves with her entire being. I met the gorgeous AnnMarie through social media and we connected instantly.  We both have a love of lingerie (surprise) and we love supporting other women (surprise).  Instant connection!!!  I met AnnMarie last year in New York City and she was even more than I expected.  I asked AnnMarie what her shade of pink was and she replied “I would say bubble gum! I keep things fresh, have a soft yet tough...

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50 Shades of Pink. Women of Breast Influence - Sharon Baxter

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50 Shades of Pink.  Women of Breast Influence - Sharon Baxter

This month I introduce you to Sharon Baxter.  I met through Sharon through social media.  I follow her Instagram page and was inspired how Sharon’s journey led her to create a gorgeous all natural body scrub. I asked Sharon what her shade of pink was and she replied “My shade of pink is Hot Pink. Which was also the main colour I used for our wedding. It’s a strong shade of pink and a bit ‘in your face’. But it’s also bright & beautiful and makes me feel happy, which is why I chose it for our wedding day”. You...

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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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