Bangers to cancer…Controversial or not it’s raising awareness!

I felt compelled to share something with you and perhaps have a little rant…

The other evening one of my lovely clients who follows my Facebook page and blog contacted me with a gorgeous picture of herself shown below and sent me this message;

‘Hiya Claire! I hope your keeping well!! I just thought I would let you know that us Cornish girls are doing bangers to breast cancer (wearing a bra with a sign of how to donate then nominating three other girls to do the same) and mine is for you in mind!! I think you’re so brave and a massive inspiration to me!! I really admire you!! So far the girls have raised just over £2,500!’

 

I posted the image online and thought what a lovely idea and great way of raising funds. As for Michelle I didn’t know her background but it started as a rumour that it was in response to the silly craze that had started known as neck nominate where an individual downs a drink and then nominates friends to do the same. Michelle and her friend Vicky decided that they ‘could carry on this idea of “Neck Nominating” and put it to some good.’ As soon as the newspapers got hold of this they named it ‘Nip Nominate’. Let’s not take away the good will that these girls have tried to emulate.

Since then I have noticed newspaper articles spreading the word and sadly also slating the girls for sexualising breasts and belittling canSer.

Here are two articles from well known newspapers;

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/nipnominate-boobs-pictures-neknominate-craze-3166346

 

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/21/breast-cancer-nipnominate-pictures-bras-beth-whaanga

Someone raised the article above on my Facebook page and this was my response;

‘The main point from Daisy the Journo being supported by the phrase “If I had a mastectomy”. She hasn’t I have and once again, the focus is on appearance not life and love. Sadly she has missed the point that the physical may be enabling the message to spread but behind that and what really gives canSer suffers strength and for whatever motive that may be, is another lady showing love. Someone doing something to show that they care and if that raises awareness and especially if that support a clinicians research by attracting donations then “As I have had a mastectomy” and more importantly am still loving life and working for my miracle then this support does not “belittle” it warms and motivates me. Maybe Daisy should have asked rather than writing vicariously and maybe she would have known that some of the ladies in those pictures are personal friends of mine putting social networking to good use. Light and love x’

 

There have even been posts of people stating that it is offensive to those who have had breast canSer and mastectomies.

Really?

Who would be offended by this? And why? The girls have started a great viral campaign. No matter what I think or anyone else thinks controversy means it is getting noticed and if that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer charities then who cares, right?

So far the campaign has risen over £4000 on the girl’s just giving page. This is incredible and they want to raise £50,000. That’s simply by girls donating just a few pounds and getting other women and men to do the same. You don’t have to wear only a bra and expose your breasts. It quite clearly states on their page the following;

‘Take a pic, if you’re a bit shy put your BRA on over a T shirt (Male or Female), post it on Facebook and nominate 3 others or more; some have started asking everybody they know on Facebook. Don’t forget to donate.**** Also from now on can you please hold up a card with whatever message you want and no SWEARING please also no under16’s unless the BRA is on over some clothes***  Lets keep it sensible please. Raising money is what this is all about.’

I want to take a moment though to those of you that do find Bangers to Cancer offensive. How is this different to such charity initiatives as the Breakfast TV presenter Lorraine Kelly when she does the Moonwalk and every person wears only their bras? I don’t think that is sexualising the matter. However everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Whichever way you look at it, it has got us talking about it, arguing about it, having strong feelings about it and most of all, raising awareness and funds for it.

Well done ladies and keep up the good work!

To donate and continue their campaign please go to their Just Giving page and start posting and sharing on Facebook.

http://www.justgiving.com/Bangerstocancer

or

Text: ‘VMAM66 £2’ to ‘70070’ to donate two pounds to Bangers to Cancer

Thanks!

Breast Cancer Awareness month.. can you help?

It’s that time of year again… Its’ October so that means one thing – It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. You can show your support in many ways. The high street stores all have products they are selling with a percentage going to well known charities. Here is a link to what’s available;

http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/news/media-centre/breast-cancer-awareness-month-press-pack/whats-high-street

It’s been an interesting few days for me.  I sadly caught Pete’s cold bug… I had that sore feeling in the back of my throat and it started to spread and I had that dreaded feeling of how bad will it get? But I persisted with positive thinking and a few ginger shots. Phew they certainly clear the airways and stimulate the system. I had been told lots of old wives tales, so went to bed with hot lemon, had a n early night, put olbas oil on the burner AND put Vicks on the soles of my feet then out on socks. That’s a weird one right? Well low and behold the very next day I feel as good as new. I don’t even have a sniffly nose or even a hint of a sore throat. That has to be the quickest I have ever got over a cold. Pete is stunned. He is still battling with a chesty cough. Woohoo! I am very happy as I was very worried what with our Germany trip and treatment next week approaching so quickly.

I have been cramming in clients before I go away. This next trip to Germany is going to our longest in a year. I am looking forward to it but also dreading being away for so long. There is so much that has to be organised.

Amidst all of this there has been quite a stir with Breast Cancer Awareness month. Today I have had Emma Vardy, a reporter from BBC South Today interviewing me and asking all about me and my story. I have no idea what I said. I hope I haven’t waffled and that I made some relevant points! I don’t think I will be able to watch myself. I’m not sure when it goes out, sometime this week I have been told.

I also spoke to a reporter from The Sun’s healthy pages. The reporter had spoken to Professor Dalgliesh and got the low down on immunotherapy. So I should be featuring in that in the next few weeks too.

And if that wasn’t enough excitement I also saw on Lorraine Kelly’s show that there is a campaign to bin your bra in conjunction with the House of Fraser, Elle UK and the charity Against Breast Cancer. I had to do a 10 second piece to camera as to why I am binning my bras. Let’s face it I have plenty since I had a mastectomy…. If you would like to get involved with it here is the link. It’s a great way to get rid of all those old bras you no longer need;

http://www.itv.com/lorraine/health/bin-your-bra/

So that’s my fifteen minutes of fame but I sincerely hope it spurs everyone to get involved to really check themselves, not to be afraid and to live life to the fullest. Don’t laugh at me when you spot me in the media!

If you would like to support Breast Cancer Awareness month please do let friends, family and colleagues about the charity ‘wish’ bracelets that I personally hand make. All proceeds goes to Breakthrough Breast Cancer and The Cancer Vaccine Institute.

Here is the link to donate and order your bracelets;

http://www.triplenegative.co.uk/triplenegative-make-a-difference.aspx

 

Raising awareness in the national media? Gulp…

I couldn’t sleep last night as I was too excited… With the generosity and kindness continuing… A friend who owns  a friend who owns a PR company Blythe Weigh, has kindly offered his time and skills by trying to make this site connect to many more people.

Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness of triple negative breast cancer and share information and gain knowledge and hopefully save lives by raising funds so that other survivors can have immunotherapy in Germany too.

Im certain that the ten point plan can help many people with any canSer especially triple negative breast cancer but also help many make positive changes to their lives to prevent canSer.

If we can help just one person then we have achieved something. By making this site more prevalent lives will be saved.

So back our PR friend. He has in his own time contacted the media such as the BBC, ITV, The Sun, Daily Mail plus lots of magazines. We are yet to find out if I’ll be on tv or in the news (which is why I was so excited last night- the thought of talking on national tv to Holly Willouughby and Phillip Schofield- Arggh!) Anyway back to Earth.

I want to thank yet another true friend for their precious time and selflessness.

Lets hope that as its Breast cancer awareness month in October that we can get support, raise awareness and gain more info to help our fight for many women.