Real life stories

Every person's breast cancer story is different. We have a bank of women and men with unique stories available to talk about living with and beyond breast cancer. Stories about how a diagnosis strengthened their relationship, how they embraced their new body after surgery and how they are making every day count living with incurable breast cancer. Ambreen and Laura share how a breast cancer diagnosis disrupted their lives. 

Ambreen, 43

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I was diagnosed last year, just six months into married life – instead of getting pregnant as I was planning, I got breast cancer instead! The diagnosis came as a total shock, I was fit and healthy and loved exercising, but I couldn’t help blaming myself. My husband was a great support, I’m so glad we had our wedding day when we did – before things went pear shaped!

Laura, 26

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I was diagnosed when I was just 24, it was such a shock. Chemo was a massive struggle, I was hospitalised after every cycle for about 10 days at a time. Breast cancer has had a huge impact on my life. My confidence levels have dropped and I struggled to recognise myself during treatment. I'm uncertain about the future and anxious about what lies ahead, but my focus in life is placed on the ‘here and now’ and I have learnt to appreciate the smaller things in life more than ever before