Breasties

ALISON DE MARS

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Here in Sweden, once you turn forty you get scheduled mammograms every other year. Two years ago, in 2016, they found something in my right breast but according to the biopsies it was benign. This year, they checked it again. And it was malignant. When I learned I had breast cancer – in the beginning of July 2018 – I was in a daze…

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ALYSE ALDRIDGE

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in 2008, age 15 my whole family travelled to Waikato Hospital for a family genetics counselling session. It had been discovered that my paternal Nana had the BRCA1 gene mutation and her children were able to be tested…

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BEX KING

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Both my grandmothers died of breast cancer in there fifties when I was 5. It wasn’t till I was 33 that it would almost be my turn. I owe my life to a lady named Karla who was diagnosed in 2016 with stage 4 breast cancer. She was going to die and for some reason it played on my mind…

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CAITLIN JAMES

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There it was. My lump. I knew what it was the moment my hand ran across it the first time.“It’s twelve o’clock,” the nurse said. I looked at her strangely as she pressed the sonogram wand into the tissue of my breast…

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DANI GRUZELIER

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My breast cancer story started in August 2017 when I had an ultrasound after I told my doctor I had been having breast pain. All was fine, just as expected, dense breast tissue and some mastalgia, nothing to worry about. I never thought about it again. April 2018 I moved from the North Shore to the city into a gorgeous little flat with my boyfriend…

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ELLEN DANIELLE DUFFY

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It’s been harder than I imagined putting into words what has happened over the last 3 months. A cancer diagnosis will do that to you. I was diagnosed on Thursday 21st June 2018 at 28-years-old after an ultrasound, mammogram and needle aspiration biopsy revealed a 7.5cm cancerous lump in my left breast…

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EMMA-LOUISE MCAULEY

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I came across a hard lump in my breast while in the bath having a wash. It was just there, like it had magically appeared over night in the same way presents do on Christmas when you’re a kid. Shame it wasn’t something as joyful. When I looked down, my boob looked completely different. There was dimpling in my aerola, my nipple had changed direction…

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JULIE GABI

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I was diagnosed almost two years ago. Turning 30 is already difficult enough, but hearing the words “you have cancer” definitely made it the worst year of my life. I was shocked because it’s not something you expect at any age, but especially not in the prime of your life. Getting cancer at 30 just doesn’t seem normal, and that feeling was confirmed every time I walked through the cancer center…

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KAZ FONCETTE

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Literally just speaking to others , shopping, making lists, watching Harry Potter helped me a lot. I tried to plan my treatment out and my life around that. Taking each day as it came. I enjoy nature and walks and soaking in Mother Nature daily became a ritual . Watching sunsets was my way of connecting and letting go…

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SACHA GARRETT

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In 2014, I first put my thoughts down into writing. At the time, most of the thoughts I had led back to the age-old question; ‘Why me?’ I felt selfish thinking this, but controlling your thoughts and feelings often proves to be difficult. The mind is a very complex thing.

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SAVANNA PRICE

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In July I was on vacation and found a lump near my armpit on my right breast. I was able to get into my doctors about a week later. My doctor said it was likely a cyst and sent me for an ultrasound to be sure due to my family history of breast cancer and BRCA1. The ultrasound came back as a fibroadenoma…

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