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In 2006 I found a lump on my right breast. To say my world stopped is an understatement. There was no sound - no birds, no traffic, no children - just a roaring in my head that said 'CANCER'. My supportive GP sat with me in his office and called the surgeon who saw me the next day. Hope springs until the awful confirmation - "yes, it's cancer. Level 4, not contained, aggressive." Surprisingly, that's when I calmed down. We can deal with a recognised problem. It's the unknown that completely undoes us.
My story is not unusual or even particularly interesting to those of us who have had similar experiences, but it comes from the heart and I hope that it shows why I am so grateful for the support of Pink Ribbon Partners like you.
The knowledge that so much research is being done into diagnosis, treatments and post-op care, and that advances are being made almost daily gives you hope. When the only sound you want to hear is your surgeon telling you that all is not lost, that there is hope, that you can deal with this and beat it, then you appreciate like never before the work that is being done behind-the-scenes.
Twelve year later, I am still cancer free.
"I was in the shopping centre and was really busy, rushing around when I walked past a booth to promoting the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Having experienced the emotional and physical rollercoaster that comes with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, how could I not become a Pink Ribbon Partner?
How could I possibly deny another woman the hope I was given?
Because so many people before me had been generous, my experience of cancer was less terrifying, less confronting and more manageable.
For that I thank you and all those donors from the very depths of my soul. You made it possible for me to face cancer with hope, and to survive with dignity and joy. When you are at your lowest point there is no greater gift any human being can give to another. Thank you."
WHY PINK RIBBON PARTNERS ARE IMPORTANT
"Research costs money. Lots of money. And until breast cancer is defeated, the need for money will go on. It's one thing to give a donation on the spur of the moment. That's great and so helpful. The regular donations from you and other Pink Ribbon Partners give the stability required so that projects can be costed and approved and plans made to continue the fight against cancer.
I never thought I would get breast cancer. I believed I was bulletproof - until I wasn't. Now I can only be thankful that the National Breast Cancer Foundation exists and that Pink Ribbon Partners continue to support ongoing research. Thank you so much."