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Monday 3rd March – A New Challenge

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Today I signed up to take part in the Great East Swim (1 mile) I have been meaning to do this for the past few years. In fact, the first year I decided I wanted to do it I found out my PBM was scheduled around the same time.

I dont feel like I am doing this for me. I want to do this for my little girl. There is a 50/50 chance that she has inherited the gene. I want her to know that even if she does have the mutated gene and has to face the same decisions, surgery etc as me, you can still reach and achieve your goals.

I am raising money for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer helpline. They are a fantastic charity offering 24/7 support and advice. They receive no government funding and completely rely on donations. Personally – they have helped me through the difficult times on my BRCA1 journey. The founder, Wendy Watson, has only been a phone call or email away and I can’t thank her enough for it. Not only that, I have made some fantastic friends through them which have also given help and support – I love you girls!

Thursday 20th February – Feeling Amazing

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Well my tattoos are healing really well and I think that they look amazing!

With me having the surgery, I knew that I wanted to have my nipples removed. This way I could make sure that I had done all I possibly could to reduce my risk of getting breast cancer. To me, if I had left my nipples, and further down the line cancer would have started there, I would be devastated.

Since having my tattoos done I feel complete. The past week I have felt my mojo slowly returning and have been out and about doing things that I have put off for ages, getting back to the old me really.

I knew something had been missing from ‘me’ for a while, but could never quite pinpoint what it was. Now I know it was my nipples and that my new ones have given me magical powers! haha :o)

Thursday 13th February – Tattoos

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Today I got my nipple tattoos and have to say I am already really pleased with them. The ink goes on pretty dark but have been told that they will go a lot lighter than they are now (from quite a dark brown to a light pink colour)

I had a cream to put on before I went to help with any pain there would be. Initially there was no pain but as time went on, it felt like being stung by a stinging nettle – so not bad at all. They were covered over with a dressing and was told that this could come off as early as the next morning. Lets see how they turn out!

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