This Saturday I met an amazing goup of women, strong, resilliant, brave and extremely coragues. We were all from different backgrounds, most of us British, some of us from abroad, but what linked us together was that we all had been affected by breast cancer at a young age.This group of young women forms part of CoppaFeel!’s Boobettes.
CoppaFeel!’s Boobette campaign is about getting young women that were affected by breast cancer to visit schools and work places and by using their stories, get people to think differently about their lives and bodies. The main aim is to educate them about the importance of getting to know their boobs now and making it a life-long habit.
For the first time since my diagnosis I felt kinda normal. Normal because I did not have to explain myself to anyone, and everybody understood what I had been through, because they had been through similar. I could speak about my experience without feeling that I was beeing judged on how I had dealt with my diagnosis. Moreover I did not feel uncomfortable when talking about my breast cancer experience.
When I speak to my ‘normal’ friends, those that have not been affected by breast cancer I always feel that I have to explain myself, that I have to live up to their expectations on how I should be handling my situation. And moreover, most of my friends would rather avoid talking about any of the negativeness I experienced, be it breast cancer or depression.
I suposse I can not expect my friends to know what I went through, because unless you have been affected yourself you cannot know how it feels. However, what I have learnt is that I should not allow others to judge me, unless they have had any first hand experience. And those that have been dealt the breast cancer card would never judge.