After Ruth's mum died of breast cancer at a young age, it was suspected she might have had a mutated BRCA gene. When Ruth's own genetic tests showed that she was at higher risk, she decided to undergo preventative surgery.
Carly lost both her mum and her grandmother to breast cancer, so she almost expected to get a diagnosis at some point. However, it came much sooner than she thought, and presented a lot of challenges - both mental and physical.
After being treated for breast cancer at the age of 32, Marcia was left with a lot of fear and anger. Counselling didn't feel right for her, so she tried yoga instead. Now, 24 years later, she teaches classes for other women who have experienced breast cancer.
For 15 years, Breast Cancer Now has been campaigning for better information on those living with secondary breast cancer. We still don't have the statistics we need, but we are determined to see improvements.