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Pinktober is Pinkover.....or is it?

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Pinktober is Pinkover for another year.  All things pink is packed away until next year.  Although, the dedicated month to breast cancer is pinkover, the need to be aware continues.  This disease is real and does not discriminate.  We need to continue raising awareness there remains a great need for research to improve patient outcomes.  Breast cancer is more than one month of awareness.  It is a disease that changes lives, changes our bodies, places us in early menopause, makes us infertile and so much more…..  Research is extremely important. I cannot stress the importance of research enough.  Without research,...

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50 Shades of Pink. Women of Breast Influence - Alyx Stewart

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50 Shades of Pink.  Women of Breast Influence - Alyx Stewart

This month I introduce you the gorgeous Alyx Stewart.  I met Alyx through the breast cancer online forums and she has been a wonderful support to me.  We also met recently when she was in Sydney and had dinner with another sister and supporter, Jane. I asked Alyx what her shade of Pink is and she responded “I am very definitely bright pink. In Pantone terms: Pink Glo. I am this colour because I am proud of where my cancer has taken me. I am this colour because in order to help others, I need to be noticed.” Alyx is...

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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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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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