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 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…
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.
In January 2003 Carol lost Sheila, her best friend of 36 years to secondary breast cancer.
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.