In 2016 I was 29 years old, mother to a 10 year old boy and expecting our little miracle baby in June. In the first two weeks following my new son’s birth I was experiencing feeding issues. Just a few weeks later, I turned to my doctor and said I have cancer don’t I? Four words and my whole life changed, “yes its breast cancer” those are words that will stay with you forever, all I could say back to my beautiful doctor was I can’t have cancer, I can’t die I just had a baby, I’ve just given my son the brother he always wanted and the baby we were told we would never have, I can’t die. This is just a small snippet of my story but I am not alone, the So Brave Calendars are full of young women just like me sharing our story to help enlighten, empower and bring awareness to women who like me would never have expected this to happen. Breast cancer isn’t just a hereditary cancer, family cancer lines start somewhere and in my family it just happened to be me and hopefully end with me.
As a 2019 So Brave model ambassador, I want to promote breast cancer awareness in young women. 3 in 10 women diagnosed with breast cancer are under the age of 40. I want young women to be breast aware and proactive in their own health. Early detection is so vitally important. I want my story and the stories of all the other amazing young breast cancer survivors to educate and send the message that women under 40 DO get breast cancer. This insidious disease robbed me of so much. It has broken me mentally, physically and emotionally. But I’m determined to not let that be my final chapter. I’m embracing every day and choosing to see the hope and the joy with every new sunrise. I may not be perfect but I’m perfectly imperfect.
Two years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer - it completely changed my and my boys' lives. In late 2018 in preparation for my year as a 2019 So Brave Model Ambassador, I was painted head to toe and photographed infront of Melbourne's iconic Fed Square. It was one of the most liberating days of my life. I joined So Brave because I want to inspire young women, single women, women with young children, that they can do this! I would love your support of my goal to raise funds for breast cancer research and at my fundraising and awareness-raising events throughout the year!
Questioning your life expectancy at the age of 25 is not something I ever thought I would have to do. Being a So Brave 2019 Model Ambassador means that I can continue sharing my story in hopes to inspire young women that through all the changes and treatments we learn to survive! Please help me by donating to my fundraising page to raise funds for So Brave. I hope to see you at my events that I am running this year and thank you so much for supporting So Brave!
Hi, my name is Jackie, Jax for short and I’m competing in my first half marathon at the end of April as part of the Gold Coast Running Festival. I wanted to be able raise some money for a good cause as part of my run and as someone who has had family and friends battle with breast cancer, I love that So Brave focuses on empowerment as well as raising funds for research.
My name is Kim - I was 30 years old when I was diagnosed. At the time, I had just become a new mother and recently gotten engaged. Life for me was great. Then I received the call from my doctor that was about to turn it all upside down. It's been a very difficult experience but I'm very excited to be part of the So Brave Model Ambassador team for 2019 - I can't wait to meet all the other young women who have been through something so life-changing as breast cancer. If you can support me in my efforts to raise money for this fantastic cause, I'd really appreciate that and I hope to see you at my events throughout the year. Thank you for supporting young women with breast cancer!
On the 6 March 2018, 2 weeks before my 28th birthday, I was diagnosed with Stage 2, Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Breast cancer in women under 30 is very rare, making up less than 1% of diagnoses. I had little family history and no reason to be conducting regular exams of myself. I found my lump by chance. Disturbingly, some articles said that it is was normal for young women to wait a couple of months before having lumps checked by a doctor. My cancer was aggressive. If I had put off a doctors appointment (and looking back it would have been so easy to do), it could have been a very different outcome for me. Lumps and changes are usually nothing, but a doctor’s appointment is a small price to pay for our lives. Will you help me reach my target of $5000 funds raised for So Brave - in my year as a So Brave Model Ambassador? Let's change the future for young women with breast cancer!