To mark Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day on 13 October, we shared Emma's series of video blogs about living with breast cancer.
Emma Young is 39 and lives in Hemel Hempstead. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, but just five days later, she got the devastating news it was secondary breast cancer, as it had spread to her bones.
There’s currently no cure for secondary breast cancer, but treatments can help slow its progress and lower the chances of it spreading further.
In her first set of video diaries, Emma shares her experience as one of the 35,000 women living with secondary breast cancer in the UK today, and all the emotions that come with it.
The importance of TLC
Devastatingly, Emma’s breast cancer had already spread to her bones when she was diagnosed.
Four in five women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50, but it’s important that younger women check their breasts regularly too. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better chance of beating it.
Find out more about TLC (Touch, Look, Check) and the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
"The gym is now my happy place"
Being physically active can improve many aspects of your health and wellbeing when you’re living with secondary breast cancer, both mentally and physically.
"If only it was just cancer"
As Emma describes, there are lots of mental and physical side effects that come with secondary breast cancer. Palliative care, such as psychological support, rehabilitation services and complementary therapy, should be offered to those living with the illness.
Waves of emotion
Living with secondary breast cancer is very difficult and many people experience periods of feeling down, like Emma. It’s important to talk about these feelings, whether with friends or professionals.
Emotional and psychological support is available. Find out more about access to these services in our Secondary Breast Cancer Guide.
The dilemma of dating with cancer
Knowing how to talk to people about your secondary breast cancer can be hard, especially when dating.
Breast Cancer Care has advice for those starting a new relationship
Talk to Emma on Friday
Emma will be on our Twitter page, on Friday 13 October between 11am and 1pm, to talk to people about her experiences and share more about her life with secondary breast cancer.
You can get in touch using #TalkToEmma and join in the chat and ask Emma any questions you have or just follow along on the day.