Like lots of little girls, Jo Forrest wanted to sing and dance and appear on stage. Studying at the famous Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, she won the Junior School singing prize and made her West End debut at the tender age of 13.
She was touring with a musical, when at just 21 years of age, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went to the hospital appointment with her mother, and looked so young that doctors told her mum before Jo herself thatshe had cancer.
Jo had to grow up very quickly as she came to terms with the need for a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Jo took several years out of her studies to fight breast cancer and now wants to help Against Breast Cancer by taking part in the IMAGINE… campaign.
Jo says, “I’ve always wanted to help a breast cancer charity as I am so lucky with the help I got. It was very unusual to be diagnosed at 21, I think it’s important that younger girls are aware it’s not just something that affects older ladies.”