The Future is Bright

02 Feb 2017 by Krystal Barter

Pink Hope Outreach Ambassador Wendy shares her personal outlook on the future having had a breast cancer diagnosis and learning she carried a BRCA gene mutation.

Wendy

As I was getting ready this morning, I decided to put on my ‘Shanghai Suzy’ Pink Hope lipstick. I always seem to gravitate towards wearing it on Fridays, maybe because it’s the end of another long working week and the bright pink shade helps to get me in the right frame of mind for the weekend. Every time I use it, I think of Pink Hope.

I think about all the beautiful ladies that I have met through this amazing organisation. These women, who I am proud to call my friends, who understand the journey I have been on because they have travelled the same path. It doesn’t matter whether like me, you have had breast cancer, whether you have opted for reconstruction using your own tissue or implants, whether you still have your ovaries or not, we are all connected, because we understand the flood of emotions experienced when we find out we have a hereditary disposition to cancer.

To be able to connect with women who understand those emotions, and the fears and anxieties that accompany them is so valuable. When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, I was provided so much support. It was helpful, but being 41, I felt like I was too young to belong to the community of women that I was put in touch with. When I discovered Pink Hope, it was like a light was switched on. Suddenly I was connecting with women around my age, who had shared the same experiences as me, and understood what I was going through. At the time, it was my lifeline. To be able to jump on to the online Facebook forums, and get answers to questions, no matter what they were, was priceless. I could be sitting in my living room, late at night, worried about a test or procedure the following day, ask a question about it on line and suddenly be flooded with responses and well wishes instantly. Support like that is vital.

To know that as a community, we are now working towards making a difference for future generations who are at risk of breast and ovarian cancer through the Bonnie Rose Project, I am so proud to be part of Pink Hope. To know that my children will benefit from this innovative research, gives me hope and allows me to look forward to the future. As a community, we are doing amazing things.

So whenever you wear your Pink Hope t-shirt or your ‘Shanghai Suzy’ lipstick, remember that you are part of an incredible group of women who have not only made their way through some life-changing experiences, but who all put their heart and soul into making a difference for others who are going through it too.

The future is bright, and Pink Hope are the reason for that.

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