Reading some of these first hand stories
will change lives,
lead to earlier diagnosis,
provide support in the knowledge that
you are not alone in your experiences.
There will be many more stories from the
other women shown to the left coming in the
Cheryl seems to have a strength as great as her beauty. Listening to her story - one of missed opportunities for early diagnosis, of denial of surgery - she wanted a bilateral mastectomy, of gene testing and her recounting of just poor care and lack of empathy from the medical profession after her SBC diagnosis, was what triggered my offer to create an exhibition to help raise awareness. Cheryl works tirelessly to help to help to bring about better care in NI and my aim is to support her and the other women in whatever way I can.
Like so many women in this situation Amanda shields her pain and worries from her family. Yet in the studio her tears flowed as she shared her fears. I asked how often she cried - her reply "hardly ever".
Helen worked in a senior nursing position for 38 years and she feels terribly let down by the system, even by the nursing profession. Follow the link to part of her story.
Louise is a writer and an artist, she is also a mum of a little 3 year old girl. Follow the link below to listen to Louise reciting her own poem that tells some of her story.
Renee has a fairly unique perspective on life with Secondary Breast Cancer. Read about it in her own words.
Renee also talks about 'Scanxiety' something everyone living with SBC has to live with. Does it really need to take so long to get scan results?!!
Elaine lives with Secondary Breast Cancer as well as Head and Neck Cancer. She had a period of time thinking her Breast Cancer was gone - since she no longer had breasts. Not so.
Her Breast Cancer metastasised 15 years after her initial BC diagnosis - in her neck - in addition to having head and neck cancer.
Elaine no longer has a voice box. I promised that her voice will continue to be heard so I will be including some of her recording when you follow the link to her written story.
Elaine is one of the most beautiful, strongest souls I have ever met. Amidst the seemingly continuous crap and pain that is chucked at her day and daily she shares her infectious smile and her
desire to enjoy life.
Jennifer - the photographer
does NOT have Secondary Breast Cancer.
Find out how committing to this project has had an impact on her.