Whether you have been directly affected through a breast cancer diagnosis or someone close to you who has, Your stories describe the individual experiences of people living with breast cancer in Britain today. Submitted by women and men both young and old, they are often difficult to read and don’t always have a positive outcome.
But they do have something in common, a desire to share their personal experience of living with breast cancer in the hope that others may learn from them or draw strength, knowing that they are not alone.
Supporter stories are used to educate and inform others through a wide range of media including our website. To accompany these stories we have created a Glossary of Terms to provide further reading.
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These are just a few of your stories…
Kati reflects on the emotional toll of treatment, and how love and connecting with a fellow survival helped her move on from breast cancer.
Chris was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31 after discovering discharge from his nipple. This is his story in his own words…
After recovering from a primary breast cancer diagnosis, Zdena was stunned when she found out six years later it had spread. Her courage during her treatment for secondary spread was inspirational for her family.
Victoria's story update
Unable to walk due to crippling pain after her secondary spread breast cancer diagnosis, Victoria updates us on how she has fought back.
Felicity explains why she chose to undergo a prophylactic mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
Susie tells the story of how a Rembrandt painting that depicts breast cancer inspired her to act when she discovered a lump herself.
Clare was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 39 but confidence and courage empowered her during her treatment.
Publisher & mum Shireen was diagnosed while in London. She now lives and campaigns to improve support for women with breast cancer in Dubai
Fi's breast cancer treatment led to an early menopause and she wants to raise awareness of this in women her age who might go through it too.
Tabby was just 26 when she was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer. She has kindly shared her experiences with us.
Due to COVID restrictions and the aggressive nature of her breast cancer, Angela’s family were given no time to say goodbye
In his own words, Simon's emotions about losing his wife and best friend Kelly and the real face of breast cancer are laid bare.
Sue was given a heart shaped cushion by her breast care nurses which would prove to be her best friend in her recovery.
Imagine how I feel. David believes it's finally time to talk about breast cancer in men
Helen reflects on the impact of an early diagnosis and receiving breast cancer treatment during a pandemic
Mum was 65 in 2000 when she found a lump in the shower. She had only very recently had a mammogram.
Tina's story is of coping with breast cancer treatment, by creating and launching her own luxury handbag rental business - while undergoing radiotherapy
Early detection twice ensured Elaine recovered from HER2 and Triple Negative breast cancer
Kate’s experience was that of a patient whose concerns were not listened to.
Losing her soulmate to breast cancer inspired Jayne to begin fundraising for new treatments.
GP Karen uses her own experiences of treatment and reconstruction to better inform her breast cancer patients
Henrietta's story tells how a bruise left by a rucksack led to an early diagnosis and a good prognosis
Charli aged 27 managed anxiety & depression to complete her course of chemotherapy. She now campaigns for the screening age to be reduced.
Laura’s mum lived with advanced stage breast cancer for 21 years. Nearly four years later, aged 35 Laura received her own diagnosis.
Jenny describes her 'comedy of errors' experience as a breast cancer patient in the 1970's & the advances since made by research to early diagnosis & treatment
Losing both parents to cancer and recognising the need for earlier diagnosis and personalised treatment
I received my breast cancer diagnosis while planning my wedding, but I won't let it define me.
Emmas story begins when she was nineteen, her Mum found a large lump, just one week after a routine mammogram failed to detect any abnormalities.
I was having a shower and noticed a lump in my right breast. It seemed to appear overnight. It was not painful, and I wasn’t concerned about it. Four months passed, and the lump hadn’t changed. I then scheduled a mammogram.
in April 2019, Lyndsay was diagnosed with triple negative, grade 3 breast cancer. At just 29 and a mother of two, her world stood still. Follow Lyndsay's journey as she tells her own story through her video blog.
Not built for running. Victoria's story tells how seven years after her diagnosis she took on the London Marathon.
Jill was 53 she discovered a lump in her left breast. A mammogram she had 3 years earlier was clear.
Ali discovered a lump in her left breast in early 2000, 12 years later another appeared, this time on the right. She needed to know why.
Sarah's journey follows her from diagnosis through treatment in a way only she can, straight from the heart and with a sprinkling of self-deprecating humour
Ryan and his mum, Darrell, were really close. Put simply, to Ryan, and many others, she was amazing.
Statistics tell us that one in eight women will receive a breast cancer diagnosis during their lifetime and regrettably for one member of the Against Breast Cancer fundraising team in May 2018 our colleague Allie became that 'one'.
Siobhan and her Mum took part in the Race for Life for four years running but never had dreamed that one day they would be directly affected by breast cancer.
With no history of cancer in the family, never having smoked, drinking very little alcohol and eating a healthy vegetarian diet, it came as a complete shock after finding a lump to receive a breast cancer diagnosis.
Just 18 months after the birth of her daughter, Jane found a lump. The very next day she went to her GP who organised a mammogram and biopsy.
Read Dan's story about his relationship with his grandmother Iris as she fought and overcame her own fight against breast cancer.
In 2004, Helen lost her mother, Jane, to secondary spread breast cancer. Thirteen years on, she ran the London Marathon in her memory, the year that would have marked her mother’s 60th birthday.
During the later stages of her pregnancy, Mark's wife Tina discovered a lump in her breast. The midwives reassured her that lumps were commonplace during pregnancy and were most likely benign.
Aged just 27, Stevie was devastated to be diagnosed with an aggressive (grade 3) Stage 1 breast cancer. Being a fast-growing type of breast cancer, she was fortunate to have caught it very early, thanks to her being breast-aware and routinely performing self-examinations.
Four years ago at the age of 68, Sylvia went for her final routine mammogram - this tri-annual service finishes at age 70 - and a lump was detected deep inside her left breast...
Julie Cowell passed away on 5 July 2015. She was a supporter of Against Breast Cancer for 20 years and became our Honorary President in 2009.
Here, Richard Chilvers describes how it feels to be a man diagnosed with what is believed to be a woman's disease.
Elliott Freer is one of our Gold Bond runners, and Against Breast Cancer's very own 'marathon man'...
Liz Buckingham was the 2000th breast cancer patient enrolled on our Diet and Lifestyle Study in summer 2008 making her a very special lady indeed...
Mollie's experience of breast cancer was unusually traumatic. For two years she felt certain she had cancer, while the medical profession insisted otherwise.