Jane was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2022 and is determined not to let her diagnoses define her.
I’m very lucky to have a large network of family and friends who have always been really supportive, especially after my diagnosis and during treatment. My husband has been incredible, as has my cousin and treasured nephews. From thoughtful cards and gifts to takeaway coffees in car parks, it was often the small things that really meant the most.
From shopping and getting library books for me, to our little walks together, my nephews have never failed to lift my spirits and make me laugh. They share an appreciation of nature and send me texts and videos when they’re out and about. Who knew there were so many varieties of wild mushrooms!? Days can seem very long when you’re isolated through chemotherapy. Little jobs like posting letters and planting bulbs become major achievements, and they’ve certainly kept me going.
After finding a small lump, I was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer in summer 2022
Once I had been diagnosed, I had a successful lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I am determined not to let this breast cancer diagnosis define me and my life. I try to think of it as a ‘blip’ and instead look for the positives the diagnosis can teach me, both about myself and how I can be more compassionate to others, especially those going through treatment. That’s not to say I don’t have my ‘down days’, nobody is positive all the time!
I want to raise awareness about breast cancer
Getting involved in wear it pink was such a fun way to raise awareness, and it felt like a positive and exciting campaign to be a part of.
After months of medical appointments and feeling socially isolated, taking part in wear it pink was a great way to stand up and say, ‘I’m still standing,’ in the words of Sir Elton John.
You don’t have to love pink to take part
I wouldn’t say I’m a big fan of the colour pink, but you don’t have to go full-on-fuchsia! Although I love a good fancy dress party and can’t resist funky props, you can also just wear a pink shade of lipstick and show your support in that way.