Every experience of breast cancer is different and each brings its own unique challenges. Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings a lot of pink and fluffiness that can feel so far away from what it's really like living beyond a diagnosis and this month can feel like a lot. So we wanted to create a safe space online for you to be with people who get it. But we also know that one of the key challenges faced by those diagnosed with breast cancer in their 20s or 30s is the way life-saving surgery can change your body.

That's why we've invited Laura (co-found of Secondary Sisters), Kate and Sarah (a.k.a The Bra Sisters) to host a post-surgery special meet-up this month. Whether you've had a bilateral or single mastectomy or a lumpectomy, Laura, Kate and Sarah will share everything they've learned about bras and boobs.

What to expect from the night

You'll hear from Kate and Sarah
  • About their own breast cancer diagnoses
  • How they coped emotionally and physically going through surgery
  • How meeting each other helped them recover
  • The obstacles they faced  

The evening will be a chance to get advice, but also an opportunity to connect with others who get it, no explanations needed.

Meet your hosts:

Laura's a 33 year's old and living with stage 4 breast cancer. She co-founded @secondary.sisters just over 2 years ago to help open up the conversation around life living with a cancer diagnosis and is very passionate about awareness of breast cancer for those in their 20's and 30's after her original diagnosis when she was only 25.

"I had a mastectomy when I was 26 with delayed reconstruction, so living with only one breast for a year was life-changing. I feel there was a huge lack of support for me at this point mentally and physically so I feel strongly that those going through the same thing now should never feel alone or unsupported, so this conversation is so important to me." - Laura

Kate's a 38-year-old busy lawyer, wife, and mother to two energetic boys aged 4 and 6. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2018 and found to be a carrier of the BRCA gene. In August 2018, she had a double mastectomy, reconstruction, and 6 cycles of chemotherapy. She had a hysterectomy at the beginning of 2019. Whilst going through treatment, she was introduced to Sarah and together they founded The Bra Sisters. Their mission is to provide women who have had mastectomy surgery with a feel-good fitting experience, bras and lingerie which help to empower and rebuild confidence and identity.

"We are united by the fact that our experiences have made us stronger." - Kate

Sarah's a 40-year-old mum of two with a job in programme management in the rail industry. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, at the age of 37, two months after returning to work from maternity leave. She had a single mastectomy on the left breast, no reconstruction and 6 months of chemotherapy. 

"We want to provide women like us with a level of service and a wide range of bras that make us feel good and as positive about our futures as we feel." - Sarah

Photo credit: @futuredreamscharity @my_naturana, @simonemmettstudio @kornykopia @mharrington @amanda.grossman

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