October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
01 October 2018
As many of my regular customers know, I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2015 at the age of 43. After gruelling surgery, chemo and radio I am now 3 years in remission, and the struggle to rebuild my life was a long and difficult one. The ripple effects of a cancer diagnosis can be far reaching, with consequences far beyond what most people can contemplate. I lost my relationship, my partner, my home, my financial stability and had to close my business for 9 months. I still have to go for check ups every year, and many women will be on drugs for years after their "treatment is finished". There are mental scars which all cancer survivors will carry, as well as the physical ones. October is Breast Cancer Awareness. For anyone who has had a diagnosis, every month is breast cancer awareness. One in 8 women in the UK will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer at some point in their lives.
This month, The Dandelion Clock celebrates its 8th Birthday - and also its 2nd Re-Birthday after re-opening and to celebrate, I am supporting the charity Against Breast Cancer. This organisation asks for donations of unwanted bras and instead of them going to landfill, recycles and reuses them, with the funds generated going to support research into improving treatment and developing a vaccine.
How can you help?
- Buy or send one of our Beat Bloomin' Breast Cancer Bouquets - available online to order or in the shop - and we'll donate 10% of the sales price to Against Breast Cancer
- Drop off or post any unwanted bras to the Bra Bank at The Dandelion Clock, 7 Brooklands Avenue, Sheffield S10 4GA - we'll collect them and send them off to Against Breast Cancer to raise funds for vital research.
- Check out more information on Against Breast Cancer via their website. https://www.againstbreastcancer.org.uk
- If you know anyone who has been affected by this disease and who is fighting the good fight, phone them or drop in to say hello. It will make a difference.
- Ladies, for heaven's sake, check your boobs. It saved my life. It could save yours.