WEARING PINK FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
Cancer. Sadly, cancer is a word that is unnervingly familiar in our society and affects or will affect every single one of us in one way or another.
When I was asked to get involved in this years The Big Pink campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer, I didn't even have to think before responding with a whole-hearted yes. Cancer is a disease that has affected many people in my life - neighbours, family friends, teachers, aunts and uncles and sadly, my grandad passed away from lung cancer 20 years ago. As common as cancer may be, finding out that a loved one has been diagnosed with it will always be heart-sinking news and that's why I'm here to highlight the importance of all types of cancer, but especially breast cancer.
As you can see, I proudly wear pink to show my support!
WHY THE BIG PINK CAMPAIGN IS SO IMPORTANT
Every year, 62,000 women in the UK are told they have breast cancer. The diagnosis not only changes their lives forever, but also the lives of their family and friends. Breast Cancer Care understands the emotions, challenges and decisions people face ever day. They understand that everyone's experience is different and they are there to offer support and information and to campaign for better care.
Breast Cancer Care are the only specialist UK-wide charity providing support to people with breast cancer. Their free services include support over the phone with a nurse or someone's who's been there, welcoming online forums, reliable information and local group support. They'll help people to live life with breast cancer and beyond. From the moment someone notices something isn't right, through their treatment and beyond, Breast Cancer Care will be there.
691,000 people in the UK are currently living with a breast cancer diagnosis. That statistic is shocking, right? Well, right now, Breast Cancer Care can't reach everyone when they need them. With further support, they can be there for more people, with the care, support and information that is needed.
By joining me and supporting Breast Cancer Care, you can be confident that you'll be helping people through one of the most difficult challenges they will ever face.
The current lifetime risk of a woman developing breast cancer is 1 in 8. It could be your mum, your sister, your best friend... just the thought of it affecting any of those people in my life is more than enough to get me to donate.
However, if you aren't able to donate, then please join me in raising awareness. You can do this in many ways; Breast Cancer Care have lots of fun fundraising ideas on their website but for example, you can wear your favourite pink lipstick for all to see, bake some delicious pink frosted cupcakes for a bake sale or my personal favourite, wear something pink!
If you too want to get involved and wear a bit of pink this October, here are my picks - click on each photo for the direct link!
Thank you so much to those of you who have donated. However, like I said, I understand if you can't but please instead raise awareness of breast cancer so we can take steps forward in trying to cure this life changing disease.
So much love to any of you who have been affected directly or indirectly by any form of cancer.