Patricia has had breast cancer four times since 1989 and has seen attitudes towards mastectomies change. However, she acknowledges there is still a prejudice against having mastectomies without reconstruction.
In 2002, actor Amanda Mealing discovered she had breast cancer within 24 hours of giving birth. Determined not to let her treatment interfere with motherhood, she buried a lot of her feelings. Years later, she began to suffer with what she now recognises as PSTD.
When Zahida discovered she had cancer, it was difficult to find support amongst friends and family because it was seen as a taboo topic. She tells us why she’s now keen to share her story and change perspectives within BAME communities.
When Jane’s husband had prostate cancer, she learnt a lot about the condition. Through Breast Cancer Now’s public health talks, she ensured she and her friends understood the risks of breast cancer, too.
A few years ago, Jo discovered she had breast cancer and was a carrier of an altered BRCA2 gene. She had always enjoyed writing but it was when she turned to it as an outlet after diagnosis, that it became a much bigger focus in her life.