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Helpful Products & Services

Whether newly diagnosed with breast cancer or post treatment, we want to share with you the products and services which some women have found to be helpful. We would love to hear from companies who offer something which may be beneficial or from ladies who have recommendations, please CONTACT LISA ALLEN: enquiries@pinkribbonfoundation.org.uk

Beauty Despite Cancer

The Beauty Despite Cancer skincare range was created with the help of the NHS and is specifically formulated to alleviate the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. All skincare products are 100% natural and created with high quality, luxurious oils to soothe and rejuvenate itchy, tight, dry skin, sore scalps, or brittle nails.

Find skincare to help you to recognise yourself, and nourish you through and beyond treatment.

Beauty Despite Cancer are delighted to be supporting the Pink Ribbon Foundation by donating 20% (excl. VAT) of sales generated via the Pink Ribbon Foundation website.

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Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Charity Crystal Brooch

Wear your support: Show your support for the Pink Ribbon Foundation (Reg. Charity No. 1080839) and support those living with breast cancer. This stunning crystal pink ribbon brooch is fully covered with three rows of dazzling crystals in clear (diamond), pale pink and dark pink. Length 3.5cm and width 2cm. 100% profits from the sale of each brooch sold help the Pink Ribbon Foundation to support those living with a breast cancer diagnosis. Available now via our shop

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BelleTurban

BelleTurban is a growing fashion brand that specialises in designing and manufacturing turbans and scarves. Their mission is to offer customers a way to identify and maintain their distinctive styles. BelleTurban pride themselves on their expertise and commitment to deliver exclusive, high quality and fashionable products. All products are 100% designed and manufactured in Spain, fulfilling European technical regulations, offering the highest levels of comfort and adjustment creating the perfect fit, while incorporating latest fashion trends in every collection. All fabrics have been carefully selected based on their quality, breathability and anti-allergic properties, choosing natural fibres such as bamboo, viscose or cotton. Customers are the greatest source of inspiration to BelleTurban and they strive on encouraging femininity, elegance and individuality through a varied assortment of customisable models. Their creativity allows them to continuously explore new patterns and designs and further develop a growing palette of products. BelleTurban products highlight your inner radiance and are best worn with a smile! #beautyisonyou

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Cancer is a T**t

From fake boobs to mental health challenges, Jacqui Webb who lost two friends to cancer documents her own journey with the release of a new book. Jacqui’s two friends died of cancer within eight months of each other and now she has written a book about her own cancer journey and the effects it has had on her mental health. Jacqui, from Mackworth, has written a book called ‘Cancer is a T**t’ which documents in an honest and humorous way her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery, plus intimate details on how the disease has affected her life and her mental wellbeing.

Jacqui, whose beloved dog, Sonny, also died of cancer just two months after her diagnosis, will donate £1 from the sale of each book to Derbyshire based Treetops Hospice. The Risley end-of-life charity supported the families of friends Emma Allen and Julia Mason following their recent deaths, aged just 37 and 36. In the e-book, which is available to buy on Shopify, Jacqui also explains how wearing the ‘fake boob’ which belonged to mum-of-one, Emma, makes her feel close to her friend – and how after completing mental health first aid training she has ambitions of becoming a counsellor. Jacqui says that documenting her cancer journey in a book has been therapeutic and hopes that it will helps others in a similar position.

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Counsellingwithcancer.co.uk

As well as her own private practice, Claire is a counsellor for Macmillan and the Princess Alice Hospice where she sees the effects of Cancer and COVID19 first hand. Although Claire has been told she works very differently from others she will offer you a person-centred approach which is client lead and believes the client is the expert. She understands how cancer affects you mentally, emotionally and physically. Claire has a willingness to hear another's self-identification, she will create a confidential space and here is where a trusting therapeutic relationship is built between herself and her client. Claire is a warm emphatic counsellor who offers you a non-judgemental approach, will support and hold you throughout your therapy so you do not feel alone. With her diverse knowledge and understanding of real life she offers a wide variety of therapies in many areas and offers your first Consultation is FREE

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Curve.life

Created by leading cancer doctors, Curve.life is a 10-part video course intended to re-empower patients and their families after diagnosis. The videos provide vital information for patients / families and focus on answering the number one question asked of oncologists: “what can I do to help myself?”. The correct answer is “a lot” but that is not always the response patients receive.

The videos demystify cancer by explaining in easy to understand terms what it is, how to think about it and what patients / families can do alongside their medical team to help. Particular focus is given to diet, exercise and stress management as emerging evidence indicates that these factors are fundamentally important.

“The video course is 50% discounted for Pink Ribbon users – use code ‘pinkribbonfoundation’ at checkout.”

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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation DVD

Following treatment for breast cancer many women experience problems with shoulders, neck and back including lack of function, movement and strength. These issues can occur soon after treatment or develop over time.

This Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Programme will guide you through exercises that have been designed to improve your posture, range of movement, shoulder and upper back strength, redress the balance in your upper body and reduce the risk of Lymphoedema.

This step by step guide is broken down into short workouts that will allow you to take control of your recovery and give you the confidence to continue your rehabilitation at home.

Ladies who have completed the programme have reported a greatly improved range of movement with less tightness around their scars and a reduction in pain and discomfort, enabling them to get back to doing what they enjoy.

The DVD is priced at £15 and available to purchase via the button below and £1 will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for every DVD sold using our unique code: pink-ribbon-donation

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Dear Cancer by Victoria Derbyshire

‘I can’t bear not to be with these three most important people in my life. I can’t bear not to be there alongside Mark as my children grow up. My bright, funny, affectionate boys who are never embarrassed to say, “love you mummy”, and say it ten times day.’

Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help.

Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old and in DEAR CANCER she shares her day to day experiences of life following her diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn’t planned. From the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, to telling her partner and children, through to mastectomy and chemotherapy. From wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues, to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum.

By sharing her story, she became the person that mums, daughters, sisters, husbands, boyfriends and family members contacted to thank as they tried to find ways to cope with their own and their loved ones’ prognosis and needed to know that they were not alone.

Victoria’s story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one, but it is so often laugh-out-loud too. Moving, wonderfully heart-warming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer.

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FVCK CANCER bandanas and caps

The faces behind FVCK CANCER - in December 2018 the lives changed of Luke and Amelia changed. They got news. CANCER .....

The couple met in Dubai whilst both working out there early in 2018 and they completely fell head over heels for each other. Then they got the news and so they both made the move back to the UK. After a grim prognosis and with the unconditional support of Luke, Amelia started to get better. One thing she took like a champ is her hair loss. She had long, black, thick hair, eyelashes of a camel, and a set of decent eyebrows. Over time the chemo took its toll and all the above began falling out - Luke whisked her off to the barbers to buzz it all off. So, this came next.

Head freshly shaved, Amelia didn’t want to hide it under the head scarves and hats that scream CHEMOTHERAPY. She wanted something funky, quirky and brightly coloured to wear. She could never quite find what she was looking for. So, Luke suggested they start designing their own headwear and VOILA with his business experience FVCK CANCER came to life.

Now cancer warriors and fellow FVCK CANCER supporters all across the globe rock their beautiful heads alongside giving back to the community (a percentage of sales go to two cancer charities, the Pink Ribbon Foundation and Teens Unite). Their mission is to encourage you to feel confident and unique. With FVCK CANCER you can do good, as well as look good. Because FVCK CANCER.

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Go All Natural

Go All Natural is a mother and daughter business born out of love and passion to keep things fresh, all day every day. They have created a unique, residue-free recipe that calls on the gentle touch of natural ingredients to neutralise body odour. The formula is enriched with nourishing Organic Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to hydrate your underarms, while beeswax creates a soft and warm scent to help form a protective layer on the skin. As the name suggests, Go All Natural’s mission is simple – to offer 100% Natural Deodorant Balms for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin, without any preservatives. That is, all-natural skincare free from synthetic fragrance, sulphates, artificial preservatives, parabens, or aluminium. Each of the five balms evokes a sense of wellness and rejuvenation.

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Hello Dame London - Lashes

Hello Dame London is the first lash brand specifically designed for older women who have never worn false lashes before. We know how intimidating it can be when you decide to do something for the first time and buying and wearing false lashes is no exception. Hello Dame London genuinely want you to love your lashes from the moment you receive them and we are sure that you will. A donation is made to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for every set of Freya and Jo lashes purchased. Jo lashes are designed for complete beginners as the lashes are small and really easy to apply with the clear liner pen. Just dot them into place where you want them - you can wear one each side or add more for a fuller lash look. Freya lashes are designed for women who have thin, fine lashes and want a bit of fullness without going the whole hog! Or for women who want a natural lash look as the lashes are short in length and longer in width, they are designed to mimic your natural lash. All lashes are s weat proof, waterproof and fast drying and will last for many months.

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Hidden by Annabel Chown

Annabel lies awake in the early hours after a night partying. She’s not worrying about how to get rid of an unsuitable man in her bed, but what to do about the hard lump she’s found on her left breast. An absorbing story of what happens when life swerves in unimaginable directions. At the age of thirty-one – a successful architect and a single Londoner – Annabel is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overnight, her quest for love turns into a fight for life, and more. Plunged into a world of treatment, which she keeps hidden from all but those closest to her, she learns a new way of living in London, a city whose moods and seasons reflect her own. Hidden is a memoir of great courage and determination, told with wry humour and an architect’s eye. The story of how Annabel rebuilds her future will bring hope to anyone who has been forced to radically change direction in life. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Annabel Chown was born in London and read Architecture at Cambridge University. She has worked as an architect in Berlin and London, and currently teaches yoga in London. Her writing about breast cancer has been published in The Daily Telegraph and Red magazine.

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Hospital Bra

‘The original bamboo Hospital Bra is a post-surgical antibacterial fibre concept compression bra, with unique support and ultra-comfort meaning that it can be worn immediately after breast surgery.

Post-Operative Compression Garments are a vital part of the recovery process. A high quality, properly fitted post-operative compression garment can aid in body contouring and skin retraction while helping to reduce swelling and flushing your body of potentially harmful fluids. Compression cups are also very important for your comfort. In addition to help reduce swelling immediately after the procedure; the compression provided by the garment makes you much more comfortable during the healing process. These compression cups are also designed to help shock absorb the tenderness and pain you may incur after surgery. These bras have been worn and tested by real women after having surgery.

For every Hospital Bra sold, £5 is donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation to help fight breast cancer.

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Hummingbird Lingerie

Hummingbird Lingerie holds a unique collection of luxurious intimates specifically designed for women post-surgery. We are a new and innovative brand changing the way women experience lingerie post-surgery.

Inspired by a breast cancer survivor Hummingbird focuses on sheer comfort, the luxurious feel of a perfect fit with absolutely no compromise on style. We aim to bring back confidence, femininity and re-empower the women that need it most.

Handmade in London, each piece is skilfully handcrafted with the finest fabrics designed for lightweight exquisitely fitting lingerie. We understand that no journey is the same, and offer a bespoke service tailoring each item to your every need.

Prices start from £27. Shop our Pink Ribbon collection online, donating 20% of profits

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IMYJ

The cancer journey attacks everything that makes women feel feminine and can undermine your self-confidence, so it’s imperative to have items available which make you feel whole again.

As a breast cancer survivor, Pauline found the cost of post-surgery bras, wigs etc quite extortionate and it became obvious that some women would not be able to afford the prices asked so, after reconstruction, she came up with the idea of recycling now unwanted items such as bras and wigs and selling them at very reduced prices online.

What to do with the money? Well, some is taken for overheads and at least 50% of the amount charged to customers is donated to breast cancer charities.

Pauline believes that every woman on their cancer journey has the right to look and feel as ‘normal’ as possible and she hopes that Imyj will enable this to happen.

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Keeping Abreast of the Situation by Ruth Roche

Keeping Abreast of the Situation by Ruth Roche is her own account of her journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer after a standard mammogram appointment. Ruth hopes her book will help readers on how to deal with emotions, see how normal life can be affected before, during and after a cancer diagnosis.

"You are a fortunate person when you wake up in the morning, count your blessings and can look forward to the day ahead. You work for a good company, earn a decent salary, have a job you enjoy and have work colleagues that are friends.

Your home life is just as good. You finish work for the day. Your partner has cleaned the house. You go to the pub for tea and meet friends, return home and snuggle up in front of the TV before bed. Tomorrow is another day. The question is: what happens when one appointment takes the cork out of that bottle?"

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Littlelifts

Every year approximately 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, making it the most common cancer. The team at littlelifts is on a mission to support them by offering a littlelifts box at the beginning of their chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment.

They do this by working directly with hospitals in East Anglia, where boxes are given out to patients during treatment planning or review meetings with their Oncology/Radiology Team or Breast Care Team.

Littlelifts understand that every woman’s experience of breast cancer and its treatment is different, but each littlelifts box is hand-packed with love and is full of carefully selected items all chosen to provide practical and emotional support for the journey through treatment.

Recently, they have launched an online shop so that individuals can purchase a box for a loved one who is not receiving treatment at one of their partner hospitals.

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LoveRose

LoveRose is a brand of luxurious, post-surgery lingerie designed by and for women who have been through breast surgery. Their luxury, wire free bras are engineered with clever hidden support and are made with recycled stretch lace and finished with silk.

LoveRose is here to support you in more ways than one- born after founder Caroline was recovering from a double mastectomy with reconstruction, they understand the emotional and psychological needs of their ladies. Head over to IGTV and YouTube to watch their LoveRose talks series, where they focus on conversations that help support women in the cancer community.

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Ms Pomelo

Ms Pomelo are a UK lingerie brand with one goal: to let fuller-chested women feel the freedom of comfort and confidence with a beautiful well-fitting bra. They make beautiful and comfortable everyday bras for fuller-chested women, especially sizes 38C+, which are traditionally scarce. Ms Pomelo bras make women open their shoulders, stand tall, put them into a good mood, and make them feel they can conquer the world.

They also provide education about bra health to enable women to choose well for themselves. The knowledge that they teach empowers women. It also stimulates social engagement as it revives the tradition of sharing and fostering relations with family and friends.

Ms Pomelo sell through their website and free workshops and also ship free Fit Kits that allow women to accurately establish bra size, as well as touch the materials that the bras are made of.

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MuchLoved

MuchLoved - your place to remember someone special and fundraise in their memory. MuchLoved is the UK’s leading online tribute charity, where you can remember someone special and fundraise in their memory. This unique online service enables someone bereaved to make a special personalised tribute page for their loved one, where they can share memories and remember them. They can add stories, photos, music, videos and celebrate their life and memory, as well as fundraise for good causes in their honour.

MuchLoved also provide bereavement information and support services, and work in partnership with other bereavement organisations and charities to help support those that have been bereaved. They work with over 5,000 UK charities, partner with over 500 Funeral Directors and have helped over 400,000 people remember their loved ones through a personal online tribute. To date they have helped to raise over £75 million for other good causes through their service.

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Myogenes

Myogenes is an advanced molecular diagnostic company centred on personalised health and genetic testing. They work jointly with medical doctors, genetic experts and with genetic laboratories located worldwide and distribute genetic tests through doctors’ clinics and directly to patients’ homes. They provide full and personal support to their patients and doctors via professional experts.

Faulty mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are responsible for breast cancer in nearly half of families with multiple cases of breast cancer and up to 90% of families with both breast and ovarian cancers. There are also mutations in a number of other genes which have been associated with hugely elevated risks of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.

Myogenes offer a comprehensive genetic breast cancer test which identifies 15 types of genetic variants which increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer; including BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2 and TP53. Especially if you have a familial history of cancer, detection of these genes is vital, as you can then undergo preventative measures like surgery and screening to stop cancer development in its tracks!

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My Hair Wigs UK

There are many options when shopping for wigs and hairpieces, but we can guarantee that you made the right choice because My Hair Wigs UK offer:

World class service with a heart. Their aim is to help you in looking and feeling your best therefore transforming your life and your loved ones’ lives. The majority of their team works in the NHS and have their own experiences with cancer, that is why they are all passionate in making sure that everyone is served with kindness, care and integrity.

Intuitive website for a simple and stress-free online shopping experience for you. They have taken care of everything for you.

Great and notable service. They offer free shipping on all their products and can accommodate the request for fast delivery in London.

Social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs are highly inspired people like those at MHWUK with amazing products that will help other people like you in difficult situations.

MHWUK are delighted to offer a discount to people shopping their site after seeing their services on the Pink Ribbon Foundation website. For a 10% discount please enter the code MHWUK-PRF at checkout.

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OWise Breast Cancer

OWise is a free app for people with breast cancer, helping them to regain control of their lives from the first day of diagnosis. OWise has been designed to empower patients with personalised information and self-management tools.

The app provides the user with personalised medical information based on the user’s profile details, as well as a tailored list of suggested questions to help them improve conversations with their clinicians. Patients can also actively monitor their treatment side-effects over time and share their progress with their clinical team and loved ones. Additionally, OWise enables patients to store, enter and visualise all the information about their cancer treatment in one secure place (appointments, treatment plan, notes, photos and audio recordings).

"I used the OWise app to record daily stats throughout my primary diagnosis & treatment. It was invaluable for helping my care team to review any changes in my treatment & effects. It took all my fear away."" - OWise User

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Rebound UK

Rebound Fitness, established in 2005, designs & manufactures a range of high quality, folding, professional mini-trampolines (rebounders) to suit all budgets, for use in the home and in the gym, with a full warranty and ongoing spare part service. Experts in the field of Rebounding they offer rebounder equipment and workouts for a safe, effective, fun, low impact and accessible exercise regime to suit people all over the World, regardless of their location, age, gender or fitness level. Workouts are available on DVD and online, and the Instructor Certification programme trains free-lance instructors who offer in-person or online live classes.

Rebounding research emerged over 50 years ago and the proven health and fitness benefits are achieved by using a high-quality mini trampoline. These include; lymphatic drainage, burning 100s of calories, activating deep core muscles, strengthening bones and joints, improving posture and balance, and improving mood and promoting a positive outlook. Benefits can be achieved in as little as 5 minutes a day, with the most gentle of health bounce to stimulate circulation and improve mood, and the workouts are suitable for a complete beginner through to an advanced athlete. Based in the UK, Rebound Fitness is committed to ongoing investment in all things rebounding and offers a personal and high standard of customer service.

Add the code Pink Ribbon at checkout to generate a 10% donation to the Pink Ribbon Foundation AND receive a free DVD and Grip Socks for you. (On the Fit Bounce Pro and Maximus Pro rebounders only - expires 31 March 2021).

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Scars of Hope by Ejiro Ideme

Breast cancer survivor, Ejiro Ideme bares all in her debut book ‘Scars of Hope’ where she shares her breast cancer story in the hopes that it will be a source of inspiration and faith for other women battling the disease.

Nigerian born London based accountant, Ejiro Ideme was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012. During a traumatic 14-month battle she felt the Lord tell her to write a book and share her experience – even with the risk of being stigmatised within the Nigerian community, particularly as a single woman. Scars of Hope is a selfless yet self-reflecting book that sees a passionate worship minister’s faith tested in the darkest hours as her world is turned upside-down.

A self-published author, Ejiro wrote the book in the midst of her treatment. She says: “I’m glad to write even from my place of struggle and faith during treatment to encourage you that you can go through Iife strong if you put your mind to it. Dare to be optimistic even in your darkest moments. Make your challenges count by bringing hope to the hopeless.”

Since the release of the book in 2014, Ejiro has been passionate to support women going through breast cancer by sharing her story with others, offering advice and speaking out about her story – something she believes is her mandate for this time.

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Take My Hair (but not my humour): One mum's journey seeing off Breast Cancer by Emma Davies

Happily ticking off her ‘forty things at forty’ bucket list in 2019 Emma, wife and mother to two young children, hadn’t included a breast cancer diagnosis. Rather inconveniently a summer of fun was replaced with hospital appointments, scans and the commencement of ‘The Poisoning’ (chemotherapy).

Using her slightly sweary and dark humour Emma takes you on a ‘Bridget Jones diary’ style chronological journey in her quest to kill ‘Lumpy’. From sensible practical tips and advice to her weekly mini blogs to manage her ‘Cancer comms’, ‘chemo sitter’ rotas for friends to entertain her on treatment days and Uncle Fester at Halloween she shows you the highs, the lows and everything in-between.

She also shares the real time conversations and words of loved ones. One thing’s for sure - Cancer could take her hair but she was damned if it was taking her humour. £2 from every paperback sold will be donated to FORCE cancer charity.

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You can also purchase a 'special edition' book directly from Emma, which includes colour photos (same RRP as Amazon but you don't get the photos with the Amazon printed books). To grab one of these, please send an email to emma@lightboxblogger.co.uk and you'll be given the information to purchase directly from the author.

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The Cancer Ladies Running Club

When Keira receives her breast cancer diagnosis, she doesn’t want to have to tell her children or her husband Tom, and she doesn’t want to step back from work. She doesn’t want to sit in a hospital and stare mortality in the face. Cancer is not her club.

But, as she is forced to accept everything must change and her health becomes something she can’t rely on, Keira finds herself embracing running. Hot, sweaty running in the company of a group of brilliant, funny women each going through treatment. One step at a time Keira is going to reclaim her family, her business, her life.

Inspired by author Josie Lloyd’s own experience of going through breast cancer, this is a moving and uplifting novel about love, family and the power of finding your tribe. Brighton-based Josie Lloyd has published 16 best-selling novels and parodies which she has co-authored with her husband, Emlyn Rees.

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The Dream That Saved My Life by Carolann Bruce

Surviving cancer is as much about catching it early and being positive about the outcome, as it is about the treatment. Carolann Bruce is a breast cancer survivor, but only because she refused to take no for an answer. When you hear the news, ‘You don’t have cancer. Go home and live your life,’ you’d think the relief would be overwhelming, but not for Carolann. She had had a dream that foretold of breast cancer, and it depicted two endings - she wanted survival. Carolann had been having scary dreams for a while, but this particular dream plainly and graphically showed her as a cancer patient. It was so real that she checked herself when she woke up, and found a lump! She’d had a negative mammogram, and a consultant said the lump was nothing to worry about, but she insisted on further tests. The consultant assured Carolann that all was fine, but she refused to budge. She believed her dream. Thankfully, Carolann stuck to her guns, because the doctor was wrong! She had cancer. Most people would have accepted the diagnosis and gone away, only to find out the truth much later when it may be too late, but Carolann is stubborn, she knew her body, and knew that her dream was true.” So began the start of a long and gruelling journey. Carolann is a qualified nurse, but even she didn’t fully know what to expect and, the treatment took her to hell and back. She wrote her book to try to support and inspire other women facing the same diagnosis. It’s a candid insight with more than a smattering of humour because let’s face it, you have to laugh to get through it. The book lays bare what a cancer diagnosis brings, but it’s also laugh out loud funny at times, too. The book's main message is that, as much as we trust and admire our doctors and nurses, you must also listen to your body. Don’t take everything as gospel. Question your diagnosis and treatment, and discuss everything with your consultant as well as your family. Never forget - it is your life and your body. As graphic as it is in places, ‘The Dream That Saved My Life' is a book that every woman should read.

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Transform Method (yoga)

Created in partnership with those we love recovering from breast cancer, Transform Method yoga classes or one-to-one sessions are offered online, and focus on bringing peace on the journey to reclaiming mind, body and self-connection. Gentle yoga is tailored to the pace and specific needs of clients, without ever over-reaching; the result aims to be a progressive journey for clients towards self-reclamation both physically and emotionally. To achieve this, the method incorporates luxuriant stretches and breathing based on powerfully inclusive Kundalini. Global yoga, designed to support the release of hormones responsible for reducing anxiety, moving the body into the parasympathetic system, our ‘rest and restore’ system, combined with gentle yet expansive movements.

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Ticking Off Breast Cancer by Sara Liyanage

“Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a candid, thoughtful account of the way Sara dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis. She is one impressive woman.” – Victoria Derbyshire

Previously an expert multi-tasker in her capacity as a busy, married, forty-two-year-old mother of two, and part time lawyer commuting into London, Sara managed her life by to-do list after to-do list. However, when breast cancer appeared on her list, Sara’s life was thrown upside down and she had to make a few changes.

With the combination of medical appointments, scans, and harsh treatment, Sara’s dignity, grace and composure all flew out the window, but she did retain the ability to get herself organised and make a few lists to help her through the treatment. Armed with a multitude of shopping lists, to-do lists and checklists, she made it through eighteen months of gruelling cancer treatment to the other side, where, for the past couple of years, she’s been basking in the glow of hair regrowth, new eyebrows and a renewed love for life.

Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a chronological narrative of Sara’s life from the day of her diagnosis and throughout her treatment. It follows Sara as she deals with the physical, emotional and mental challenges thrown at her by cancer and provides an honest insight into the treatment given to a breast cancer patient together with the impact that this has on someone’s life.

By sharing many of her to-do lists in the form of checklists at the end of each chapter, Ticking Off Breast Cancer provides thoughtful, helpful advice for every step of the way. Whether read as a companion for someone going through cancer treatment themselves, or as a guide for someone with a loved one or friend going through cancer treatment, Ticking Off Breast Cancer provides support and encouragement throughout.

The book accompanies Sara’s website of the same name, which provides practical help and support for those going through breast cancer treatment.

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Valiant Lingerie

Valiant Lingerie specialises in beautiful, contemporary lingerie for women who have had treatment for breast cancer.

Valiant Lingerie are passionate about creating the lingerie that you deserve. Their mission is to create beautiful lingerie to help you to feel confident and empowered again after treatment. It's time to say goodbye to boring, uncomfortable underwear! Comfort is an important factor – they want their designs to feel as good as they look. Each bra has been thoughtfully and sensitively designed with post-surgery bodies in mind, and all of their bra's feature:

  • No underwires
  • Supportive and comfortable under bands
  • Super soft fabric, lace and fastenings that are gentle on sensitive skin and scar tissue (one of their pet peeves is uncomfortable fabric against scars!)
  • Thoughtful seam placement to avoid irritation
  • Fully adjustable multiway straps
  • Pocketed inner cups that can be worn with or without breast forms

To learn more, visit their website and enter code PINKRIBBON at checkout for 10% off your first order.

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Yoopies

As parents, we're busy juggling household responsibilities, childcare, and work commitments. Sometimes life is so busy that we struggle to find the time to balance everything! With Yoopies, find and manage your childcare needs on one online space.

Trusted childcare is at the core of what we do, with babysitters, nannies, and childminders available for regular care, last-minute, and emergency care. We verify profiles to check certification and qualifications to ensure you’re never in the dark when it comes to safety. Gone are the days of long searches, with Yoopies 50+ search criteria, you can filter caregivers based on availability, distance, experience, and qualifications to directly find and book someone that suits you and your family’s needs.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering Mums 2 hours of free childcare. Whether it’s for a GP appointment, to seek support, or for a mammogram, we’re here to help you prioritise your health. Find more at https://yoopies.co.uk/info/readysetcheck/

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Need some fundraising ideas?

Have a look at our A to Z of Fundraising ideas leaflet. It’s full of over 100 great things to do from Aerobics and Kiss-a-thons, to Zombie parties. There’s bound to be something right up your street.

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Who can apply for a grant?

We are delighted to have awarded grants to many and various charities concerned with breast cancer. Any charity working in the field of breast cancer both nationally and internationally can apply.

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