It’s almost time….
Just a few more days until I’m trekking with 100 other complete strangers across the Scottish HIghlands for the incredible Coppafeel.
Giovanna Fletcher, Emma Willis, Gemma Atkinson, Candice Brown and Selasi Gbormittah will be leading the teams up some of the highest mountains in the Scottish Highlands for 5 days straight. We’ll be camping in a field and we’ll be away from our home comforts and our children….part of me cannot wait for a break from the 23.7 billion questions/requests a day but most of me will absolutely hate being so far away from my babes.
They’re coming to meet us at the train station after the trek though so I will keep that in my mind for the whole time I’m struggling.
Some of the reasons for putting myself through this are not only for the incredible experience that I know it will be, or for the fact that I want my body to show me what it can still do while living with incurable cancer, and to show my kids that mummy is a badass who can do ANYTHING!
The main reason of course, is obviously to raise awareness of breast cancer in young women and men.
To think of other children (especially my own) ever going through a breast cancer diagnosis is a physical pain that sits with me a lot of the time. I don’t yet have a genetic reason for my cancer – although both nanna’s, a grandad, a cousin, my sister and my brother have all had cancer (both nanna’s and my sister had breast cancer.)
I worry so much that Ivy especially, will be diagnosed at some point in her life too. What if I’m not here anymore to help her? I couldn’t bear it.
BUT I’m here now and I’m doing everything in my power to educate her about the importance of changes within her little bod.
What her normal is and how important it is to check her boobs as she grows. She has this little song that we like to sing after bath time….
“Put your hands up in the air
Wave them round like you just don’t care
Now check for lumps upon your chest Under your arms and in your neck
Now give yourself a great big smile
Your checks are done for a little while”
She’s been singing this since she was three years old and I know it’s something that is just ingrained into her now.
She doesn’t quite understand just how scary breast cancer can be but what she does know is that when caught early, most cancers are curable!!!
Coppafeel was founded by Kris Hallenga (get her new book here ) who has been living with stage 4 cancer since 2009. She is such a light in the world and someone so many gain hope from (No pressure!)
The aim of this wonderful charity is to help everybody stand THE best chance possible of surviving breast cancer if they’re diagnosed, by educating and reminding young adults to check themselves and to know their own normal. They do it in such a cool, fun little way. Have a look at their website and sign up for their reminders now; Do it for your friends, your sisters, your mum, your kids too! There’s no doubt that some of you will save lives by doing so.
I’ll always devote my time and energy to fundraise. I know at times, it annoys people and there’s the usual eye rolls when I mention needing sponsorship again (or just radio silence!) but if people like me don’t do it, who will? Who’s going to fund lifesaving research for you, or your children?! It literally will not happen unless charities like Coppafeel and Make 2nds Count and Cancer Research UK have the funding.
Every single penny helps, so spread the word and teach your kids the booby song!
And here’s the link to sponsor me for my trek. YIKES!! Wish me luck!