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Breast Cancer Survivor Pushing For Earlier Screening

One woman who has survived breast cancer that was caused by a genetic mutation believes that women who are identified as being at risk of this form of the disease should be able to start having screening earlier.

Nicola Naish told iNews that she believes her cancer could have been caught more quickly had she started having screening earlier. She was just about to turn 40 when she was diagnosed with the illness and had found a lump before her first mammogram on the NHS.

She was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, for which she had to undergo rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as a double mastectomy.

“I still think it needn’t have been a stage 3 for me. I really believe doctors might have picked something up earlier, maybe stage 1 or 2 [if I had been checked earlier],” she told the news provider.

Nicola is also very vocal about raising awareness of the illness and of the importance of talking about it within families where a genetic mutation increases the risk. She is the seventh member of her family to be diagnosed with the condition, and explained that she’s been very honest with her daughter Elka about what it means for her in the future.

Elka was only nine when Nicola was diagnosed, but she said that she let her “see and understand and ask as many questions as she wanted, so she’s very aware”.

Scientists from the Institute of Cancer Research in the UK recently announced that they had come up with a more accurate way of predicting a woman’s breast cancer risk based on familial history and are hoping that this can be adopted in the health service.

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Family History Could Help Better Predict Breast Cancer

Diagnosing breast cancer early is just one of the many challenges presented by this disease – and other forms of cancer. But now scientists believe they have found a way to use a person’s family history to better predict their risk of developing breast cancer.

Familial history is an important risk factor in approximately ten per cent of breast cancer cases, and being able to use this information more accurately could lead to less stress for the women involved as well as more accurate predictions.

Researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research have developed a more accurate method of assessing this risk, which includes looking at the number of relatives in someone’s family diagnosed with the disease, their age at the time of diagnosis and the type of relative they are.

Using this information alongside existing models can better predict someone’s risk of developing breast cancer, they revealed.

Rather than putting people into a category of risk, the new system provides a score on a continuum, which is a more precise risk figure.

The research has been carried out as part of the Breast Cancer Now Generations Study, which is exploring the genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that can contribute to a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

More than 113,000 women in the UK are being followed for 40 years as part of the study, which began in 2004, and has already identified over 90 common genetic challenges that are associated with the development of breast cancer.

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Olivia Newton-John Advocates Medicinal Cannabis

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has been opening up about her latest battle with breast cancer and recently she talked to Australia’s Daily Telegraph about how she has been managing the disease since its return last year.

Her initial cancer diagnosis came in 1992 when she found a lump during a self-examination, and despite successfully beating the disease with chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy, it returned in 2016, but this time in her sacrum.

Speaking to the newspaper she said that the second diagnosis wasn’t a complete shock and that she was better prepared. “[This time I had] the wisdom to know I had dealt with it before and could do it again,” she stated.

Olivia also revealed that she is responding well to the treatment, adding that she’s found using medical cannabis has been incredibly helpful for pain and healing.

As the star currently lives in California, the drug is easy to obtain and legal. “It’s a plant that has been maligned for so long, and has so many abilities to heal,” she asserted.

She said that she intends to do what she can to make access to medical cannabis easier in her home country of Australia, where it has been legalised but is still difficult to get hold of.

In the UK, cannabis isn’t legal, even for medical use, although there is a cannabis-based product called Sativex that can be prescribed in limited circumstances.

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Scottish Students Launch Breast Cancer Awareness Group

Women in the UK are only invited for breast cancer screenings on the NHS when they reach 50, so it is crucial younger women are aware that they must self-check correctly.

One group of plucky students in Scotland is raising awareness to tackle late detection of breast cancer in young people by organising events on campus and driving home the message that teenagers and twenty-somethings must take mammary matters into their own hands – quite literally.

Robert Gordon University’s student body had launched a new group called the RGU Uni Boob Team, the Aberdeen Evening Express reports.

The Uni Boob Team is part of the Coppa Feel movement, which encourages young women to check their breasts regularly, giving advice for self-checking and identifying the early signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

The group also stresses the case to ask a doctor if symptoms persist, discouraging people from holding off because they do not consider the matter an emergency, or are embarrassed.

A spokesperson for the RGU Uni Boob Team said they will be “hollering out message loud and proud around campus and hosting events such as club nights, fashion shows and parties”.

Currently, women in the UK are invited for NHS screenings between their 50th and 53rd birthdays, with the scheme running until a woman’s 70th birthday, but the health service is rolling out a trial extension of the programme to those aged 47 to 73.

Women with a higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer are eligible for breast cancer screenings before the age of 50.

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Angelina Effect ‘Not Working’ To Increase Genetic Screening

Actress Angelina Jolie famously opened up about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after a simple genetic test showed she carried the BRCA1 gene, which significantly increases your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

In 2013, when she underwent the surgery, it was hoped that her openness about her decision would encourage more women to have and potentially take preventative measures.

However, new research in the US conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health found that over 80 per cent of women with a history of either type of cancer have not taken the genetic test, or even discussed it with their healthcare provider.

This equates to between 1.2 and 1.3 million women in the US. Lead author of the study Dr Christopher Childers said that although identifying the mutated gene is important for “surgical decision making and cancer therapy”, there is more to it than that.

“If individuals are aware that they have these mutations, they can take steps to lower their future cancer risk,” he explained.

Earlier this month, Emma Hannigan wrote an article for the Express about her battles with cancer since genetic testing revealed she had the BRCA1 gene.

She has battled cancer ten times in the past decade, with her first diagnosis coming at the age of just 34. Despite undergoing a double mastectomy and having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, she still developed the disease.

During her time in hospital, she has written 12 best-selling novels in Ireland and speaks of how she doesn’t want the disease to define her. It’s an inspiring story, one that Emma herself describes as “a tale of hope and positivity”.

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Olivia Newton-John ‘Feeling Good’ Amid Cancer Battle

Just because you have battled cancer, or are still fighting that battle, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel good about yourself – precisely why we’ve created mastectomy swimsuits to make you feel fabulous about yourself next time you head to the pool or beach.

Grease star Olivia Newton-John is one such brave lady, who is currently fighting this horrible disease, but this week she told the world she was ‘feeling good’ despite it all. She was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1992 where she had various treatments and a mastectomy to combat the disease.

However, 25 years on from her first diagnosis the sad news that her cancer had returned and metastasised to an area of bone was revealed to the world. Olivia has kept a low profile since her diagnosis, not partaking in any media interviews.

Yet, this week she released a statement in which she said “I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family, friends and my loyal fans. I am totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others!”

Alongside her successful singing and acting career she runs the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre, which organises various fundraising events in an effort to raise funds to further support cancer research in the hope of finding a cure. One such upcoming event the centre has organised is the Wellness Walk and Research Run. We hope it raises a large sum in light of Olivia’s recent news.

After all, Olivia is a beacon of positivity – she has also spoke of her belief that a cure will be found for the disease in her lifetime.

New Test Could Predict Breast Cancer Recurrence

There has been a breakthrough for women who have had breast cancer and are concerned about their cancer returning.

Researchers have found that immune cells clustering around the breast cancer tumour could lead to a greater level of recurrence in some women, whereas those who didn’t experience this, have a lower chance of recurrence.

Breast cancer patients whose immune cells showed the clustering behaviour when they had breast cancer had a 23 per cent higher chance it would return in 5 years, and a 25 per cent higher chance of having their breast cancer return within 10 years.

One of the benefits of this finding is that it may help to identify which women would benefit from radiotherapy and which ones could give it a miss and get on with healing.

Women with oestrogen sensitive breast cancer are most at risk of dying if it recurs after about five years. Targeting this subgroup of women who have immune clustering as part of the oestrogen sensitive breast cancer means they can be singled out for radiotherapy treatment which may help the risk of relapse.

Lead scientist, Dr Yinyin Yuan, said: “Larger studies are needed before an immune hotspot test could come to the clinic, but in future such a test could pick out patients at the highest risk of their cancer returning. It might also be possible to predict which patients would respond to immunotherapy.”

In the future doctors could use an automated tool which could analyse the degree of immune cell clustering to predict the likelihood of the cancer returning.

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Brave Mum Covers Mastectomy Scars With Lily Tattoo

A 53-year-old mum of two who was left with numerous operation scars after being diagnosed with cancer twice has decided to cover her scars up with a tattoo of her favourite flower, the lily.

Kathleen Ellwood from Symington in South Lanarkshire decided to reveal her tattoo in order to help inspire other women, telling the Daily Record: “I never worried about the scars on my body and never once regretted my decision not to have reconstruction surgery when I had my breast removed. But when I reached the five-year anniversary of being cancer free after my second breast cancer diagnosis, I wanted to do something to mark how I feel – that every day should be a celebration of life.”

Ms Ellwood is now due to appear as a model in the Breast Cancer Care Scotland Fashion Show, joining 23 other courageous women as they hit the runway after a breast cancer diagnosis. It’s taking place on October 26th, with the day including a drinks reception and three-course lunch, or a four-course dinner if you opt for the evening do.

After being five years cancer-free, sadly Ms Ellwood was diagnosed with breast cancer again, explaining that she was then told she would need a mastectomy and adding that it was harder for her to be diagnosed for the second time… but she had no intention of letting it overwhelm her.

Although she didn’t opt for the mastectomy, she explained that it was hard for her to adapt to her new body shape but you come to learn what looks good on you and what suits – and even to “embrace your new look”.

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Michelle Heaton Promotes Body Confidence Campaign

If you’re one of the amazing ladies who have bravely undergone a mastectomy, then you might be interested in the best mastectomy swimwear or clothing to make you feel at your most confident.

Celebrity Michelle Heaton first burst on our screen appearing on reality show Popstars and then going on the have worldwide success in the band Liberty X. Over the past few years, she’s been back into the limelight with news of her health issues.

Three years ago, Michelle revealed to the world that in 2012, she had chosen to undergo a double mastectomy and further reconstruction surgeries after being told by specialist that she had the mutated BRA2 gene according to The Daily Mail.

This news meant her chances of developing breast cancer increased by 80 per cent and, furthermore, the chance of developing ovarian cancer increased by 30 per cent.

Two years later, she made the decision to undergo a hysterectomy in which her womb, ovaries, cervix and fallopian tubes are all removed to strongly reduce the risk of the cancer developing.

Recently, she appeared on Loose Women in light of their highly-commended body confidence campaign, in which all the hosts stripped off for a photoshoot and embraced all their individual different sizes and shapes in a bid to help other women.

Michelle for the first time since her surgery showed off her body in a bikini revealing her scars from her mastectomy, hysterectomy and caesarean sections from the birth of her children. A real lesson in body confidence for brave ladies – in showing that there are other people out there like you in the same boat.

Breast Cancer Patients Set For Catwalk

Breast Cancer Care will be hosting its London Fashion Show in September this year, and one woman who has been battling the condition has opened up about being selected to appear in the fashion show, and how breast cancer has impacted her life as a whole.

Speaking to the Ledbury Reporter, Laura Hunter revealed that she feels “privileged” to have been chosen as one of 30 models to take part, out of more than 250 applicants. All the women selected to appear on the catwalk have had a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Laura was just 24 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and now two and a half years later she’s participating in this national event to help raise awareness of the condition.

She explained she’s lost a lot of her confidence since the diagnosis, describing how difficult it was to deal with losing all her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.

“I felt completely unfeminine and I struggled to recognise myself, especially with facing weight gain from steroids and treatment,” she revealed.

But Laura added that she hopes appearing in the fashion show can help other people going through something similar to see that “you can still feel good about yourself and you can find a new identity, however much you may miss the ‘old’ you”.

Last month, another breast cancer patient Pam Betts talked openly about her treatment for the disease, including her decision to have a double mastectomy.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo She said she felt the biggest stigma came from a fear that “you won’t feel like yourself anymore”, but revealed that Angelina Jolie’s decision to have the procedure had led to more of her friends talking about it.

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Men Raise Over £20,000 For Breast Cancer

If you are going away for your summer holiday this year, then you should check out our mastectomy swim suits to ensure you feel as confident as possible by the poolside.

One group of men decided to raise money on their summer holiday this year, as part of their annual Tour de Lard, run for the past three years to raise money for breast cancer.

Raising over £20,000 for breast cancer, by driving a fleet of pink ‘old bangers’ across France through towns with breast-related names in northern France, before ending up in the Breton town of Brest, the group of men from Bristol completed a number of challenges on the fundraiser, while they drove

The Tour de Lard was organised by Charles Gutteridge, a Mercedes technician from the village of Rushden, along with the rest of the team.

“We bought three old bangers for £300 each and I spent weeks working on them. Another one of the lads spent weeks organising the route, and another booked all the campsites.

“We drove down the back roads and there were a series of challenges we had to do. On the ferry over we had to find anyone who was wearing pink and take a picture with them,” Charles explains.

It was the third time the group have taken part in the Brest or Bust challenge which left Bristol on 2 June and returned on the 20 June.

The group previously raised over £20,000 by driving reliant robins over the French Alps.

Donations can still be made to the Tour de Lard via their online fundraising page mydonate.bt.com/teams/tourdelard3

NHS Strikes Deal On New Breast Cancer Drug

There has been some excellent news for women up and down the country suffering from breast cancer this month, with the NHS announcing that it will now make an innovative breast cancer drug available to patients.

Kadcyla was previously rejected for use on the NHS by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on cost grounds, much to campaigners’ dismay.

However, the NHS has revealed that it has struck a deal with manufacturer Roche to lower the cost of providing the drug. At its full list price, it would have cost the NHS around £90,000 per patient.

The new price has not been disclosed, but Kadcyla will now be routinely available on the NHS. It is licensed for use in those with HER2-positive breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body and is not responding to other treatment.

Taking Kadcyla can extend patients’ lives by around six months, as well as improving their quality of life during that time.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive of Breast Cancer Now, described the decision as “exceptionally good news”.

She added that she was “absolutely delighted” that the NHS and NICE had shown flexibility, and that Roche had agreed to compromise on price, noting that this means “thousands of women with incurable breast cancer will be given precious time to live”.

This isn’t the only recent example where a drug company has made a compromise to help patients. Last month, Pfizer announced it would provide Ibrance (palbociclib) for free for five months while NICE deliberates over its funding for use on the NHS.

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New Breast Cancer Chemo Drug ‘Offers Better Quality Of Life’

New chemotherapy drug capecitabine has been proven to offer breast cancer patients a better quality of life, the results of a new trial by Cancer Research UK has indicated.

It was also found to be as effective at preventing a return of the disease as alternative course of treatment CMF, when administered after other drug epriubicin.

Patients were found to have fewer side effects, while those taking CMF were more likely to experience severe effects like thrombosis, infection, anaemia, nausea and early menopause.

“Using patient-reported data was extremely valuable because we could learn what patients find tolerable and where they struggle to cope during treatment. This new approach to chemotherapy may benefit a range of breast cancer patients, including younger women who want to preserve their fertility,” clinical director of the Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre professor David Cameron said.

During the trial, patients were followed up yearly for at least ten years to see if the cancer returned, with over 85 per cent of patients not seeing the disease come back for at least five years.

According to the organisation, breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK (apart from non-melanoma skin cancer) and is by far the most common form of cancer to be found in women. Some one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime here in the UK, with risk factors including getting older, drinking alcohol, being overweight or obese and family history.

Having a sister, mother or daughter diagnosed with the disease approximately doubles the risk of breast cancer.

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Olivia Newton-John Confirms Breast Cancer Has Returned

Sad news to report this week – everyone’s favourite Grease star Olivia Newton-John has just confirmed that her breast cancer has returned and has now spread to her back.

The 68-year-old singer/actress first underwent treatment for the disease back in 1992, aged just 43. At the time, she had a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction following chemotherapy, the Daily Telegraph reports.

A post on her Facebook page read: “The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum. In addition to natural wellness therapies, Olivia will complete a short course of photon radiation therapy and is confident she will be back later in the year, better than ever, to celebrate her shows.”

Since she was first diagnosed, Newton-John has been a campaigner for breast cancer research and opened the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne back in 2008.

If you too have just been diagnosed with breast cancer, it can be really difficult to tell your family and friends but the more openly you talk about it the easier others will find it to help you and respond to your needs.

Some people in your life might find it hard to deal with your diagnosis and may try and avoid talking to you, which can be hurtful. Others may also be insensitive or say something inappropriate if they feel awkward, but remember that talking about your diagnosis is an important step towards processing what is happening to you so you can think beyond the disease and how you can move forward afterwards.

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Breast Cancer Drug Offered For Free While NHS Deliberates Over Costs

Thousands of breast cancer patients in the UK look set to benefit from the free supply of Ibrance (palbociclib) by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, which has pledged to provide the medication for up to five months for eligible women until the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) decides whether it will pay for it to be used across the NHS.

According to the Daily Telegraph, approximately 2,400 women could benefit from this particular drug, which can prolong life by an average of ten months. And Pfizer has said it will carry on supplying the drug for free even if the NICE does decide against funding it.

Ibrance itself is for those with hormone positive HER2 negative breast cancer that has not previously been treated and which has spread around the body.

Director of policy and engagement at Breast Cancer Now Fiona Hazell was quoted by the news source as saying: “This is an unexpected lifeline for thousands of women living with this type of breast cancer. We are delighted that Pfizer have listened to our campaigners and have found a way to enable patients to access this first-in-class drug in the short term.

“While only an interim measure, more than 16 women every day could have their lives changed by this drug during this window.”

It’s important to note the side-effects of any medication, however, and Ibrance may cause low white blood cell counts that could result in serious infections. Doctors should always check white blood cell counts before and during treatment.

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Teen Designs New Bra That Detects Breast Cancer

An 18-year-old from Mexico has designed a new bra that he says will serve as an early warning system for symptoms of breast cancer, inspired by his mother who almost died when he was 13 because her breast cancer wasn’t detected early enough.

According to the BBC, Julian Rios Cantu and three of his friends – who have formed Higia Technologies – won the top prize at the recent Global Student Entrepreneur Awards for the Eva bra. The trio won £15,500 as part of the competition to develop the idea further.

Speaking to the news source, Cancer Research UK’s Anna Perman said: “It’s great to see young people like Julian getting into science and having ideas that could help with cancer diagnosis. But an important part of science is rigorous testing, to make sure innovations like this actually benefit patients.”

Apparently, biosensors in the bra measure temperature changes in the skin as a result of cancerous tumours, with the results logged in an app and alerts sent out if any disturbing changes are detected. Women would need to wear the bra for between 60 and 90 minutes a week in order for accurate measurements to be achieved.

If breast cancer does run in your family, it could be worth investing in one of the Eva bras if and when they come to market. Until then, you can do your bit to protect your health and lower your risk of developing the disease by limiting your intake of alcohol, quitting smoking, controlling your weight and being more physically active, and avoiding exposure to environmental pollution and radiation.

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Happy New Year from Brave Ladies

Happy New Year everyone!!! What a crazy start to a new year – welcome to 2017. Here, at Brave Ladies, we have been busy tweaking our designs for our new collection that will be here for you all to see on our website http://www.braveladies.co.uk Exciting bright new colours and designs in this years range moving with 2017 trends http://www.popsugar.com.au/fashion/Biggest-Swimwear-Trends-2016-2017-42672192#photo-42672262

Whilst we welcome the New Year in, and embrace the positivity of what that brings, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the year gone by and some of those who we lost in 2016. Some of whom may have had an impact on our lives in some way. For me, George Michael and Ronnie Corbett will be enormously missed but they are just the tip of the iceberg of celebrity deaths in 2016

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Caroline Aherne, David Bowie, Paul Daniels, Denise Robertson, Victoria Wood, Alan Rickman and Sir Terry Wogan are some of the celebrities that died from cancer last year. The dreaded “C” word seemed to constantly be in the headlines associated with yet another celebrity death. Breast cancer didn’t hit the headlines in these cases but I constantly check on changes in statistics and, although breast cancer wasn’t mentioned, the stats can be overwhelming http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/breast-cancer#heading-Zero

Here at Brave Ladies we are only too aware that there is no back seat in the fight on breast cancer. Every day is a fight for so many of you brave women, and indeed men, out there and we can only hope that we can help boost your confidence when you need it. We listen to many of you brave ladies on the phone, via e-mail and in person,  We are always happy to receive feedback and we value the opinions of you, our customers, and we are always happy to help. Here’s to a Happy New Year with Brave Ladies.

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Keeping a – breast of things.

Everyone needs support in life. When you’re ill you need more support. When you’re seriously ill, you need all the support you can get. All cancer sufferers need support from friends and family but sometimes it’s people outside of your safe zone that can help you the most and that is part of what Brave Ladies want to do with our mastectomy swimwear range.

Brave Ladies 2016 range

So when Brave Ladies were invited, for a second time, to our local Breast Cancer support group in Purley we didn’t hesitate in being involved.

We attended the Breast Cancer support group last year with our first mastectomy swimwear range and had a great reception from all of the brave ladies there. Sadly, but inevitably, there were new faces in the group this year for us to show our 2016 Brave Ladies collection to – but what an amazing group of women.

Once again I am left astounded by the trials these brave ladies have been through – are going through – and how open and positive they are. Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that there is no quick fix for breast cancer. I understand that it leaves physical scars. I understand it leaves emotional scars. I understand that the fear of never being “normal” again is horrendous to live with.

BUT… when a room full of women share their experience, knowledge and can laugh with two, virtual, strangers, I feel that a sense of healing is apparent.

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Healing can come in different ways for different people. You have to find what is best for you. What is best to heal your body? What is best to heal your mind? Mine is easy! Mine is laughter.

So – having shown the ladies our new mastectomy swimwear range and explained the functionality, the sizing, the prosthesis and the practicalities – all of these women realised that the vibrant, colourful swimwear in front of them would be something they could use to start their healing. All of these brave ladies around me started to relax and we started to have a few giggles – to say it how it is. In some ways laughing at what life has dealt us is the only way forward. Cancer is pants!!! There is no doubt about that. But these girls have found a small light at the end of their tunnel and are looking for the way forward. Brave Ladies want to be part of their way forward – full speed ahead I say!

 

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Life’s a Beach With Cancer

Brave Ladies shot our 2016 mastectomy swimwear collection on a beautiful, sandy beach in West Wittering at the weekend.

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To say it was fresh is an understatement and I went from Irish Rose (white) to something resembling a bluebell in colour. In-between shots we had snuggly warm dressing gowns but it was mighty chilly in our swimwear.

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Teresa and Aoife, Founder and Co- Founder of Brave Ladies

So many people on West wittering beach were curious as to what we were doing. It soon became apparent. One passer by, in her wellies and thermals, commented that we “are very brave ladies” and I replied “that’s exactly what we are! That’s what this range is called”, which made us all laugh.

That one comment made me think:

  • Yes we were braving the cold
  • Yes we were all body conscious
  • Yes we were on a beach in April
  • Yes people were staring at us

But:

  • We started this collection for all the brave ladies out there
  • We know we can make a difference to womens’ lives
  • We know we can help families through our mastectomy swimwear
  • There are so many ladies who have braved more than the elements
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Brave Ladies models and photographer Andrew Franklin

 

Brave Ladies is primarily a mastectomy swimwear company but we feel it can benefit all women. Those who have had breast cancer and those who haven’t. Through our products we believe that more women can find their confidence again. Confidence in themselves. Confidence in their bodies. Confidence in life. We all have to start somewhere, so why not start on the beach and be proud to be a woman.

West Wittering beach huts in April

West Wittering beach huts in April

A Win for Cancer

It’s the day after Josh Stone, the son of the founder of Brave Ladies, had his charity boxing match with UWCB. Ultra White Collar Boxing is the biggest fundraising supporter for Cancer Research and Josh supported them with a fight of his own and WON!!!

An amazing night from beginning to end with two boxing rings, dramatic lighting, judges and of course the participants. Friendly rivalry on the night was apparent between the red and the blue teams with a great sense of sportsmanship and camaraderie throughout. There were three rounds to watch in each match and, although it was amateur boxing, there was no mistaking it was intense.  We watched and cheered for the participants throughout the evening until it came to the last match with Josh boxing his opponent. Mixed emotions filled us all.  With cheering, shouting screaming and even crying going on all around us it was exhilarating and emotional. When the referee declared Josh to be the winner the celebrations all around were deafening. What an amazing feat and we are all so proud of his achievement and attitude in, and out of, the boxing ring.

In amongst the highly emotionally charged night the commentator on his mic thanked the huge crowd in attendance for our support for the fighters. He thanked the fighters there to raise money for Cancer Research UK. He thanked us all for raising money to fight this awful disease that so many of us have fought, are fighting or have been affected by. Lets keep on fighting together by fundraising for research so that our win for cancer is one that knocks it out forever.

 

 

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