Helpful Products & Services
Whether newly diagnosed with breast cancer or post treatment, we want to share with you the products and services which some women have found to be helpful. We would love to hear from companies who offer something which may be beneficial or from ladies who have recommendations, please CONTACT LISA ALLEN: [email protected]
After Breast Cancer by Sara Liyanage
Designed for women of all backgrounds, whatever the nature of their diagnosis, After Breast Cancer is a step-by-step support package to coping post-treatment. Guiding you from the final infusion, right through to the five-year check, it features contributions from leading oncologists, heads of cancer services, and clinical consultant psychologists. It’s powerfully underpinned by lived experience and it aims to put the power firmly back into the hands of breast cancer survivors.
Featuring a huge amount of practical information, it contains a full toolkit for navigating the days post-treatment – including breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, journaling, affirmations, and a healthy bedtime routine. So far it’s received support from the likes of Victoria Derbyshire, Dr Anisha Patel, Dr Zoe Williams, and Dr Liz O’Riordan – who commented: “Sara has done it again. This brilliant book shows you how to cope with the physical, mental, and emotional impact of an early breast cancer diagnosis. A must-read for you and your family.” Sara Liyanage is a corporate lawyer and breast cancer survivor, whose first book Ticking Off Breast Cancer was a finalist for 'Best Non-Fiction' for The People's Book Prize. After Breast Cancer, Sheldon Press, is available now.Buy Now
Beauty Despite Cancer
The Beauty Despite Cancer skincare range was created with the help of the NHS and is specifically formulated to alleviate the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. All skincare products are 100% natural and created with high quality, luxurious oils to soothe and rejuvenate itchy, tight, dry skin, sore scalps, or brittle nails.
Find skincare to help you to recognise yourself, and nourish you through and beyond treatment.
Beauty Despite Cancer are delighted to be supporting the Pink Ribbon Foundation by donating 20% (excl. VAT) of sales generated via the Pink Ribbon Foundation website.Buy Now
BelleTurban is a growing fashion brand that specialises in designing and manufacturing turbans and scarves. Their mission is to offer customers a way to identify and maintain their distinctive styles. BelleTurban pride themselves on their expertise and commitment to deliver exclusive, high quality and fashionable products. All products are 100% designed and manufactured in Spain, fulfilling European technical regulations, offering the highest levels of comfort and adjustment creating the perfect fit, while incorporating latest fashion trends in every collection. All fabrics have been carefully selected based on their quality, breathability and anti-allergic properties, choosing natural fibres such as bamboo, viscose or cotton. Customers are the greatest source of inspiration to BelleTurban and they strive on encouraging femininity, elegance and individuality through a varied assortment of customisable models. Their creativity allows them to continuously explore new patterns and designs and further develop a growing palette of products. BelleTurban products highlight your inner radiance and are best worn with a smile! #beautyisonyouShop Now
Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Charity Crystal Brooch
Wear your support: Show your support for the Pink Ribbon Foundation (Reg. Charity No. 1080839) and support those living with breast cancer. This stunning crystal pink ribbon brooch is fully covered with three rows of dazzling crystals in clear (diamond), pale pink and dark pink. Length 3.5cm and width 2cm. 100% profits from the sale of each brooch sold help the Pink Ribbon Foundation to support those living with a breast cancer diagnosis. Available now via our shop
Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Workshop
Following treatment for breast cancer many women experience problems with shoulders, neck and back including lack of function, movement, and strength. These issues can occur soon after treatment or develop over time. This Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Workshop will guide you through exercises that have been designed to improve your posture, range of movement, shoulder and upper back strength, redress the balance in your upper body and reduce the risk of Lymphoedema.
You can pick exercises from 3 sections, mobility, strength, and stretch. This will allow you to take control of your recovery and give you the confidence to continue your rehabilitation at home. Ladies who have completed the programme have reported a greatly improved range of movement with less tightness around their scars and a reduction in pain and discomfort, enabling them to get back to doing what they enjoy.
The Workshop is priced at £25 and includes a Pilates Ball and Band which will be posted to you, this available to purchase via the button below. You can receive a £3 discount and £3 will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for every Workshop sold using our unique code: PRBCW3 until the end of June 2022. Watch the short promotional video here.Buy Now
Breast Cancer Smiles by Shazia Calvert-Davies
On a cold day in February 2018, Shazia goes from a tennis court in the morning to a hospital in the afternoon where she is diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. As her journey unfolds, humour becomes her crutch, writing becomes her tool and a powerful connection to her South Asian roots becomes her purpose.
This isn’t a tale of cancer and the devastation it undoubtedly brings. It’s the story of a life-altering journey enriched by time. Shazia tells a tale of re-birth swathed in love, humour and pain. She unveils the shame of breast cancer in her birth culture that is killing women before their time. In her birthplace, Pakistan, cancer is casually known as ‘the kiss of death’.
For Shazia, it is quite the opposite. This is life through a different lens and a questioning of the status quo. Her musings provoke debate and challenge existing beliefs, holding up a different mirror to society. These chronicles are written during 18 months of chemotherapy, sepsis, surgery and radiotherapy. They are written with hope and an intermittent smile. Sadly, Shazia lost her battle with breast cancer, but not before making a huge impact on the lives of other women.
Cancer is a T**t by Jacqui Webb
From fake boobs to mental health challenges, Jacqui Webb who lost two friends to cancer documents her own journey with the release of a new book. Jacqui’s two friends died of cancer within eight months of each other and now she has written a book about her own cancer journey and the effects it has had on her mental health. Jacqui, from Mackworth, has written a book called ‘Cancer is a T**t’ which documents in an honest and humorous way her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery, plus intimate details on how the disease has affected her life and her mental wellbeing.
Jacqui, whose beloved dog, Sonny, also died of cancer just two months after her diagnosis, will donate £1 from the sale of each book to Derbyshire based Treetops Hospice. The Risley end-of-life charity supported the families of friends Emma Allen and Julia Mason following their recent deaths, aged just 37 and 36. In the e-book, which is available to buy on Shopify, Jacqui also explains how wearing the ‘fake boob’ which belonged to mum-of-one, Emma, makes her feel close to her friend – and how after completing mental health first aid training she has ambitions of becoming a counsellor. Jacqui says that documenting her cancer journey in a book has been therapeutic and hopes that it will helps others in a similar position.
As well as her own private practice, Claire is a counsellor for Macmillan and the Princess Alice Hospice where she sees the effects of Cancer and COVID19 first hand. Although Claire has been told she works very differently from others she will offer you a person-centred approach which is client lead and believes the client is the expert. She understands how cancer affects you mentally, emotionally and physically. Claire has a willingness to hear another's self-identification, she will create a confidential space and here is where a trusting therapeutic relationship is built between herself and her client. Claire is a warm emphatic counsellor who offers you a non-judgemental approach, will support and hold you throughout your therapy so you do not feel alone. With her diverse knowledge and understanding of real life she offers a wide variety of therapies in many areas and offers your first Consultation is FREEVisit Website
Created by leading cancer doctors, Curve.life is a 10-part video course intended to re-empower patients and their families after diagnosis. The videos provide vital information for patients / families and focus on answering the number one question asked of oncologists: “what can I do to help myself?”. The correct answer is “a lot” but that is not always the response patients receive.
The videos demystify cancer by explaining in easy to understand terms what it is, how to think about it and what patients / families can do alongside their medical team to help. Particular focus is given to diet, exercise and stress management as emerging evidence indicates that these factors are fundamentally important.
“The video course is 50% discounted for Pink Ribbon users – use code ‘pinkribbonfoundation’ at checkout.”Visit Website
Dear Cancer by Victoria Derbyshire
‘I can’t bear not to be with these three most important people in my life. I can’t bear not to be there alongside Mark as my children grow up. My bright, funny, affectionate boys who are never embarrassed to say, “love you mummy”, and say it ten times day.’
Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help.
Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old and in DEAR CANCER she shares her day to day experiences of life following her diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn’t planned. From the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, to telling her partner and children, through to mastectomy and chemotherapy. From wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues, to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum.
By sharing her story, she became the person that mums, daughters, sisters, husbands, boyfriends and family members contacted to thank as they tried to find ways to cope with their own and their loved ones’ prognosis and needed to know that they were not alone.
Victoria’s story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one, but it is so often laugh-out-loud too. Moving, wonderfully heart-warming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer.
Devon Duvets Comfort Cushion
Devon Duvets is a family run business that has been handcrafting award-winning British wool filled duvets, mattress toppers and pillows for over 12 years, in their Devon workshops. Each product is designed to help achieve a better night’s sleep and therefore a sense of wellbeing.
Recovering from breast cancer surgery can be an emotional journey and the Devon Duvets Comfort Cushion was developed with the help of one of the Devon Duvets team who experienced breast cancer surgery herself, and found a comfort cushion an invaluable part of her recovery. Individually shaped and handcrafted to cushion your armpit and the side of your breast or chest wall, each Comfort Cushion is made with hand-fluffed, 100% British wool, inside a high-quality cotton casing. Breathable, temperature regulating and moisture wicking, it will feel supportive, comforting and comfy next to tender, sore skin and can be used to provide support if you have to sleep more upright, or just whilst up and about.
Natural, sustainable, and chemical free, each Comfort Cushion costs £20 including delivery. Devon Duvet do not make any profit from this item and a donation of 50p from each purchase is given to support the work of the Pink Ribbon Foundation (a further 50p is given to a local charity).Visit Website
Eloise has been providing women who have had various forms of breast surgery, including full or partial mastectomies or lumpectomies with beautiful lingerie and swimwear since 1994. Their range includes the latest fashions from brands like Anita care and Royce and is refreshed throughout the year. Initially established by a Breast Care Nurse, Eloise understands your needs and prides themselves in offering a personal service to every one of our customers.
The Pink Ribbon Foundation is the perfect partner for Eloise because we share a keen desire to support those who are affected by breast cancer! Eloise feel that the Pink Ribbon Foundation’s approach to helping charities of all sizes across the UK is particularly important. Throughout the year, beginning 1 st October 2022, Eloise has promised to match all customer donations made through the Eloise check out page to the Pink Ribbon Foundation as a way of giving back to the community they serve.Visit Website
Flamingo Candles is a fun and original collection of candles, hand-poured in the UK, using natural soy wax. The Flamingo Candles ‘Pink Ribbon’ fragrance is a rich, cranberry accord dominated by top notes of sweet cranberry blended with prune juice, complimented by a fruity floral heart of summer strawberry, sun ripened raspberry and citrus orange with sweet honey and rose notes. On dry down the base is woody and powdery with notes of cedar-wood and vanilla with a hint of raspberry. The Boob Candle range feature the iconic 'boob' image and the Scent Melt is in a bright pink wrap with a label which also features the pink ribbon logo. The Boob range retails for between £1 - £12 and all products make a donation to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for every one sold throughout the year.
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FVCK CANCER bandanas and caps
The faces behind FVCK CANCER - in December 2018 the lives changed of Luke and Amelia changed. They got news. CANCER .....
The couple met in Dubai whilst both working out there early in 2018 and they completely fell head over heels for each other. Then they got the news and so they both made the move back to the UK. After a grim prognosis and with the unconditional support of Luke, Amelia started to get better. One thing she took like a champ is her hair loss. She had long, black, thick hair, eyelashes of a camel, and a set of decent eyebrows. Over time the chemo took its toll and all the above began falling out - Luke whisked her off to the barbers to buzz it all off. So, this came next.
Head freshly shaved, Amelia didn’t want to hide it under the head scarves and hats that scream CHEMOTHERAPY. She wanted something funky, quirky and brightly coloured to wear. She could never quite find what she was looking for. So, Luke suggested they start designing their own headwear and VOILA with his business experience FVCK CANCER came to life.
Now cancer warriors and fellow FVCK CANCER supporters all across the globe rock their beautiful heads alongside giving back to the community (a percentage of sales go to two cancer charities, the Pink Ribbon Foundation and Teens Unite). Their mission is to encourage you to feel confident and unique. With FVCK CANCER you can do good, as well as look good. Because FVCK CANCER.Buy Now
Go All Natural
Go All Natural is a mother and daughter business born out of love and passion to keep things fresh, all day every day. They have created a unique, residue-free recipe that calls on the gentle touch of natural ingredients to neutralise body odour. The formula is enriched with nourishing Organic Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to hydrate your underarms, while beeswax creates a soft and warm scent to help form a protective layer on the skin. As the name suggests, Go All Natural’s mission is simple – to offer 100% Natural Deodorant Balms for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin, without any preservatives. That is, all-natural skincare free from synthetic fragrance, sulphates, artificial preservatives, parabens, or aluminium. Each of the five balms evokes a sense of wellness and rejuvenation.Buy Now
Hello Dame London - Lashes
Hello Dame London is the first lash brand specifically designed for older women who have never worn false lashes before. We know how intimidating it can be when you decide to do something for the first time and buying and wearing false lashes is no exception. Hello Dame London genuinely want you to love your lashes from the moment you receive them and we are sure that you will. A donation is made to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for every set of Freya and Jo lashes purchased. Jo lashes are designed for complete beginners as the lashes are small and really easy to apply with the clear liner pen. Just dot them into place where you want them - you can wear one each side or add more for a fuller lash look. Freya lashes are designed for women who have thin, fine lashes and want a bit of fullness without going the whole hog! Or for women who want a natural lash look as the lashes are short in length and longer in width, they are designed to mimic your natural lash. All lashes are s weat proof, waterproof and fast drying and will last for many months.Visit Website
Help Me Angela
Help me Angela are on a mission to help everyone feel safer by providing them with a 24/7 Guardian Angel in the palm of their hand.
We have all had times when we have felt unsafe or afraid, help me Angela’s personal safety app is designed to help you feel safer as you go about your everyday life. From access at the push of a button to highly trained Personal Safety Specialists 24/7 - to the follow me, silent urgent messaging and get me out of here features - they’ve got you. The help me Angela app also has an education and safety awareness platform giving you tips and advice to help you feel safer.
"We believe that feeling safe isn't a privilege, it's your right".
Let help me Angela turn your phone into a mobile safety device and give you the reassurance of knowing that you have a Guardian Angel by your side 24/7 365.Find Out More
Hidden by Annabel Chown
Annabel lies awake in the early hours after a night partying. She’s not worrying about how to get rid of an unsuitable man in her bed, but what to do about the hard lump she’s found on her left breast. An absorbing story of what happens when life swerves in unimaginable directions. At the age of thirty-one – a successful architect and a single Londoner – Annabel is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overnight, her quest for love turns into a fight for life, and more. Plunged into a world of treatment, which she keeps hidden from all but those closest to her, she learns a new way of living in London, a city whose moods and seasons reflect her own. Hidden is a memoir of great courage and determination, told with wry humour and an architect’s eye. The story of how Annabel rebuilds her future will bring hope to anyone who has been forced to radically change direction in life. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Annabel Chown was born in London and read Architecture at Cambridge University. She has worked as an architect in Berlin and London, and currently teaches yoga in London. Her writing about breast cancer has been published in The Daily Telegraph and Red magazine.
Hummingbird Lingerie holds a unique collection of luxurious intimates specifically designed for women post-surgery. We are a new and innovative brand changing the way women experience lingerie post-surgery.
Inspired by a breast cancer survivor Hummingbird focuses on sheer comfort, the luxurious feel of a perfect fit with absolutely no compromise on style. We aim to bring back confidence, femininity and re-empower the women that need it most.
Handmade in London, each piece is skilfully handcrafted with the finest fabrics designed for lightweight exquisitely fitting lingerie. We understand that no journey is the same, and offer a bespoke service tailoring each item to your every need.
Prices start from £27. Shop our Pink Ribbon collection online, donating 20% of profitsVisit Website
The cancer journey attacks everything that makes women feel feminine and can undermine your self-confidence, so it’s imperative to have items available which make you feel whole again.
As a breast cancer survivor, Pauline found the cost of post-surgery bras, wigs etc quite extortionate and it became obvious that some women would not be able to afford the prices asked so, after reconstruction, she came up with the idea of recycling now unwanted items such as bras and wigs and selling them at very reduced prices online.
What to do with the money? Well, some is taken for overheads and at least 50% of the amount charged to customers is donated to breast cancer charities.
Pauline believes that every woman on their cancer journey has the right to look and feel as ‘normal’ as possible and she hopes that Imyj will enable this to happen.Visit Website
Julia Clancey is a self-taught designer from the UK who currently lives between Los Angeles and London. The essence of the brand is luxury and timeless glamour, whilst striving for change and understanding the impact that the fashion industry has on the environment. They are transitioning the brand into a fully vegan one and operate at 100% zero waste policy, donating fabric to local schools and charities for art projects.
A love of vintage and attention to detail has led to the creation of a bespoke accessories collection. Swarovski endorsed the line, and as a brand partner they use the highest quality of all materials. The collection is all hand embroidered and made to order. The pieces are made to be cherished and passed down to generations as a timeless statement adornment.
Julia understands the importance of the softness of fabric and has just launched fully organic cotton jersey turbans perfect for sensitive scalps and those going through treatment for breast cancer. All her turbans are reversible in smooth satins and comfy plush velour. For the last 2 years, Julia has offered a 20% discount via word of mouth, to those affected by cancer and now she is delighted to formalise a partnership with the Pink Ribbon Foundation. As a small gesture of support to all the beautiful survivors out there, Julia continues to offer 20% off with discount code PinkRibbon20 plus a 5% donation to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.Buy Now
Keeping Abreast of the Situation by Ruth Roche
Keeping Abreast of the Situation by Ruth Roche is her own account of her journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer after a standard mammogram appointment. Ruth hopes her book will help readers on how to deal with emotions, see how normal life can be affected before, during and after a cancer diagnosis.
"You are a fortunate person when you wake up in the morning, count your blessings and can look forward to the day ahead. You work for a good company, earn a decent salary, have a job you enjoy and have work colleagues that are friends.
Your home life is just as good. You finish work for the day. Your partner has cleaned the house. You go to the pub for tea and meet friends, return home and snuggle up in front of the TV before bed. Tomorrow is another day. The question is: what happens when one appointment takes the cork out of that bottle?"Buy Now
Every year approximately 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, making it the most common cancer. The team at littlelifts is on a mission to support them by offering a littlelifts box at the beginning of their chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment.
They do this by working directly with hospitals in East Anglia, where boxes are given out to patients during treatment planning or review meetings with their Oncology/Radiology Team or Breast Care Team.
Littlelifts understand that every woman’s experience of breast cancer and its treatment is different, but each littlelifts box is hand-packed with love and is full of carefully selected items all chosen to provide practical and emotional support for the journey through treatment.
Recently, they have launched an online shop so that individuals can purchase a box for a loved one who is not receiving treatment at one of their partner hospitals.Visit Website
LoveRose is a brand of luxurious, post-surgery lingerie designed by and for women who have been through breast surgery. Their luxury, wire free bras are engineered with clever hidden support and are made with recycled stretch lace and finished with silk.
LoveRose is here to support you in more ways than one- born after founder Caroline was recovering from a double mastectomy with reconstruction, they understand the emotional and psychological needs of their ladies. Head over to IGTV and YouTube to watch their LoveRose talks series, where they focus on conversations that help support women in the cancer community.Buy Now
Ms Pomelo are a UK lingerie brand with one goal: to let fuller-chested women feel the freedom of comfort and confidence with a beautiful well-fitting bra. They make beautiful and comfortable everyday bras for fuller-chested women, especially sizes 38C+, which are traditionally scarce. Ms Pomelo bras make women open their shoulders, stand tall, put them into a good mood, and make them feel they can conquer the world.
They also provide education about bra health to enable women to choose well for themselves. The knowledge that they teach empowers women. It also stimulates social engagement as it revives the tradition of sharing and fostering relations with family and friends.
Ms Pomelo sell through their website and free workshops and also ship free Fit Kits that allow women to accurately establish bra size, as well as touch the materials that the bras are made of.Visit Website
MuchLoved - your place to remember someone special and fundraise in their memory. MuchLoved is the UK’s leading online tribute charity, where you can remember someone special and fundraise in their memory. This unique online service enables someone bereaved to make a special personalised tribute page for their loved one, where they can share memories and remember them. They can add stories, photos, music, videos and celebrate their life and memory, as well as fundraise for good causes in their honour.
MuchLoved also provide bereavement information and support services, and work in partnership with other bereavement organisations and charities to help support those that have been bereaved. They work with over 5,000 UK charities, partner with over 500 Funeral Directors and have helped over 400,000 people remember their loved ones through a personal online tribute. To date they have helped to raise over £75 million for other good causes through their service.
My Hair Wigs UK
There are many options when shopping for wigs and hairpieces, but we can guarantee that you made the right choice because My Hair Wigs UK offer:
World class service with a heart. Their aim is to help you in looking and feeling your best therefore transforming your life and your loved ones’ lives. The majority of their team works in the NHS and have their own experiences with cancer, that is why they are all passionate in making sure that everyone is served with kindness, care and integrity.
Intuitive website for a simple and stress-free online shopping experience for you. They have taken care of everything for you.
Great and notable service. They offer free shipping on all their products and can accommodate the request for fast delivery in London.
Social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs are highly inspired people like those at MHWUK with amazing products that will help other people like you in difficult situations.
MHWUK are delighted to offer a discount to people shopping their site after seeing their services on the Pink Ribbon Foundation website. For a 10% discount please enter the code MHWUK-PRF at checkout.Visit Website
Myogenes are incredibly proud to be supporting the Pink Ribbon Foundation with their Hereditary Cancer genetic test.
We believe there’s no place for guess work in modern medicine. That’s why the experts at Myogenes have spent years formulating this test which offers you or your loved ones a real insight into your probability of developing certain hereditary cancers.
They can help you implement preventative measures if you are more likely to develop certain diseases down the line. And, they can empower you to make specific lifestyle choices to ensure you can lead a healthy lifestyle.
It has been discovered that inherited genetic mutations can increase the chance of developing cancer in the future. So, with all that in mind, the Hereditary Cancer test specifically looks for mutations in genes associated with a number of Hereditary Cancers, including Breast, Ovarian, Prostate, Colon, Stomach, Head and Neck cancers.
Once your saliva sample has been analysed by experts, a detailed report that includes information on the presence, or absence of mutations associated with increased cancer risk will be sent to your doctor within 3 weeks. You’ll then have the chance to go through the results together, and your doctor can explain any findings or next steps if they’re required.
For each test sold, Myogenes will make a 5% donation to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.Visit Website
OWise Breast Cancer
OWise is a free app for people with breast cancer, helping them to regain control of their lives from the first day of diagnosis. OWise has been designed to empower patients with personalised information and self-management tools.
The app provides the user with personalised medical information based on the user’s profile details, as well as a tailored list of suggested questions to help them improve conversations with their clinicians. Patients can also actively monitor their treatment side-effects over time and share their progress with their clinical team and loved ones. Additionally, OWise enables patients to store, enter and visualise all the information about their cancer treatment in one secure place (appointments, treatment plan, notes, photos and audio recordings).
"I used the OWise app to record daily stats throughout my primary diagnosis & treatment. It was invaluable for helping my care team to review any changes in my treatment & effects. It took all my fear away."" - OWise UserVisit Website
PICC Pals are a group of handy volunteers based in the Southend area. They make and provide free PICC line covers for patients in medium and long term treatments. Their aim is predominantly to help patients feel a little less “medical” in their day to day lives, help patients have enough practical and attractive covers to keep lines clear and clean and importantly - let patients know that people are thinking about them when they are going through treatment.
The group raise their own funds through different activities and accept donations on their GOFUNDME page where orders are also placed.
However, a donation is not essential and ANYONE going through treatment can be sent covers FREE of charge. The group make covers for all shapes and sizes – ladies / men’s /kids collections, Christmas specials, summer collections and will even bling up covers for special occasions if required! If you want your line to disappear - these guys can help.
Each cover comes individually sized and packaged and has passed the rigorous infection control requirements of many hospitals across the country.Buy Now
Positively Triple Negative by Eline Allaart
Fighting my tumour with a dose of humour.
- A memoir - I have cancer! Now what?
Living on the beautiful Caribbean island of Curaçao, at twenty-seven years old, that was the question that Eline had to ask herself. Out of the blue, she was hit with a life-changing diagnosis and as her “normal” life stood still, Eline hopped on the scariest roller coaster of her life. Here, she invites you to join her on this ride and read inside her mind. The mind of an optimist — the glass-half-full-of-sarcasm kind. While the experience was bumpy and lumpy, it was also filled with epiphanies, cancer perks, friendship, family, gratitude, and hope. So, at definite risk of sounding like a Hallmark card, this is not a story of tragedy, instead, it is one of triumph. This is a book about learning the hard life lessons and coming out of them more positive, empowered, and resilient than before. Better and balder through it all.Buy Now
Scars of Hope by Ejiro Ideme
Breast cancer survivor, Ejiro Ideme bares all in her debut book ‘Scars of Hope’ where she shares her breast cancer story in the hopes that it will be a source of inspiration and faith for other women battling the disease.
Nigerian born London based accountant, Ejiro Ideme was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012. During a traumatic 14-month battle she felt the Lord tell her to write a book and share her experience – even with the risk of being stigmatised within the Nigerian community, particularly as a single woman. Scars of Hope is a selfless yet self-reflecting book that sees a passionate worship minister’s faith tested in the darkest hours as her world is turned upside-down.
A self-published author, Ejiro wrote the book in the midst of her treatment. She says: “I’m glad to write even from my place of struggle and faith during treatment to encourage you that you can go through Iife strong if you put your mind to it. Dare to be optimistic even in your darkest moments. Make your challenges count by bringing hope to the hopeless.”
Since the release of the book in 2014, Ejiro has been passionate to support women going through breast cancer by sharing her story with others, offering advice and speaking out about her story – something she believes is her mandate for this time.
Take My Hair (but not my humour): One mum's journey seeing off Breast Cancer by Emma Davies
Happily ticking off her ‘forty things at forty’ bucket list in 2019 Emma, wife and mother to two young children, hadn’t included a breast cancer diagnosis. Rather inconveniently a summer of fun was replaced with hospital appointments, scans and the commencement of ‘The Poisoning’ (chemotherapy).
Using her slightly sweary and dark humour Emma takes you on a ‘Bridget Jones diary’ style chronological journey in her quest to kill ‘Lumpy’. From sensible practical tips and advice to her weekly mini blogs to manage her ‘Cancer comms’, ‘chemo sitter’ rotas for friends to entertain her on treatment days and Uncle Fester at Halloween she shows you the highs, the lows and everything in-between.
She also shares the real time conversations and words of loved ones. One thing’s for sure - Cancer could take her hair but she was damned if it was taking her humour. £2 from every paperback sold will be donated to FORCE cancer charity.
You can also purchase a 'special edition' book directly from Emma, which includes colour photos (same RRP as Amazon but you don't get the photos with the Amazon printed books). To grab one of these, please send an email to [email protected] and you'll be given the information to purchase directly from the author.Buy Now
The Dream That Saved My Life by Carolann Bruce
Surviving cancer is as much about catching it early and being positive about the outcome, as it is about the treatment. Carolann Bruce is a breast cancer survivor, but only because she refused to take no for an answer. When you hear the news, ‘You don’t have cancer. Go home and live your life,’ you’d think the relief would be overwhelming, but not for Carolann. She had had a dream that foretold of breast cancer, and it depicted two endings - she wanted survival. Carolann had been having scary dreams for a while, but this particular dream plainly and graphically showed her as a cancer patient. It was so real that she checked herself when she woke up, and found a lump! She’d had a negative mammogram, and a consultant said the lump was nothing to worry about, but she insisted on further tests. The consultant assured Carolann that all was fine, but she refused to budge. She believed her dream. Thankfully, Carolann stuck to her guns, because the doctor was wrong! She had cancer. Most people would have accepted the diagnosis and gone away, only to find out the truth much later when it may be too late, but Carolann is stubborn, she knew her body, and knew that her dream was true.” So began the start of a long and gruelling journey. Carolann is a qualified nurse, but even she didn’t fully know what to expect and, the treatment took her to hell and back. She wrote her book to try to support and inspire other women facing the same diagnosis. It’s a candid insight with more than a smattering of humour because let’s face it, you have to laugh to get through it. The book lays bare what a cancer diagnosis brings, but it’s also laugh out loud funny at times, too. The book's main message is that, as much as we trust and admire our doctors and nurses, you must also listen to your body. Don’t take everything as gospel. Question your diagnosis and treatment, and discuss everything with your consultant as well as your family. Never forget - it is your life and your body. As graphic as it is in places, ‘The Dream That Saved My Life' is a book that every woman should read.
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Ticking Off Breast Cancer by Sara Liyanage
“Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a candid, thoughtful account of the way Sara dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis. She is one impressive woman.” – Victoria Derbyshire
Previously an expert multi-tasker in her capacity as a busy, married, forty-two-year-old mother of two, and part time lawyer commuting into London, Sara managed her life by to-do list after to-do list. However, when breast cancer appeared on her list, Sara’s life was thrown upside down and she had to make a few changes.
With the combination of medical appointments, scans, and harsh treatment, Sara’s dignity, grace and composure all flew out the window, but she did retain the ability to get herself organised and make a few lists to help her through the treatment. Armed with a multitude of shopping lists, to-do lists and checklists, she made it through eighteen months of gruelling cancer treatment to the other side, where, for the past couple of years, she’s been basking in the glow of hair regrowth, new eyebrows and a renewed love for life.
Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a chronological narrative of Sara’s life from the day of her diagnosis and throughout her treatment. It follows Sara as she deals with the physical, emotional and mental challenges thrown at her by cancer and provides an honest insight into the treatment given to a breast cancer patient together with the impact that this has on someone’s life.
By sharing many of her to-do lists in the form of checklists at the end of each chapter, Ticking Off Breast Cancer provides thoughtful, helpful advice for every step of the way. Whether read as a companion for someone going through cancer treatment themselves, or as a guide for someone with a loved one or friend going through cancer treatment, Ticking Off Breast Cancer provides support and encouragement throughout.
The book accompanies Sara’s website of the same name, which provides practical help and support for those going through breast cancer treatment.Buy Now
Transform Method (yoga)
Created in partnership with those we love recovering from breast cancer, Transform Method yoga classes or one-to-one sessions are offered online, and focus on bringing peace on the journey to reclaiming mind, body and self-connection. Gentle yoga is tailored to the pace and specific needs of clients, without ever over-reaching; the result aims to be a progressive journey for clients towards self-reclamation both physically and emotionally. To achieve this, the method incorporates luxuriant stretches and breathing based on powerfully inclusive Kundalini. Global yoga, designed to support the release of hormones responsible for reducing anxiety, moving the body into the parasympathetic system, our ‘rest and restore’ system, combined with gentle yet expansive movements.
Valiant Lingerie specialises in beautiful, contemporary lingerie for women who have had treatment for breast cancer.
Valiant Lingerie are passionate about creating the lingerie that you deserve. Their mission is to create beautiful lingerie to help you to feel confident and empowered again after treatment. It's time to say goodbye to boring, uncomfortable underwear! Comfort is an important factor – they want their designs to feel as good as they look. Each bra has been thoughtfully and sensitively designed with post-surgery bodies in mind, and all of their bra's feature:
- No underwires
- Supportive and comfortable under bands
- Super soft fabric, lace and fastenings that are gentle on sensitive skin and scar tissue (one of their pet peeves is uncomfortable fabric against scars!)
- Thoughtful seam placement to avoid irritation
- Fully adjustable multiway straps
- Pocketed inner cups that can be worn with or without breast forms
To learn more, visit their website and enter code PINKRIBBON at checkout for 10% off your first order.Buy Now
Vicky Martin Method
Vicky Martin has over 11 years of medical tattooing experience and has been creating ultra-realistic Areola tattooing to help a breast cancer survivors feel as complete as possible after lifesaving surgery. She is the creator of the VMM® Method and has tattooed hundreds of women.
Vicky has created a new platform called the WORLD MECIDAL ARTISTS which is a world map highlighting where trained medical tattoo artists are based around the world. For an artist to be on the WMA map they must be of a certain standard and must be able to donate a certain amount of free time to clients, if funds are an issue.
Women and men often wait for so long to have their tattooing completed in hospitals and nurses really do not have the time to create incredible realistic artwork. There’s no doubt that nipple tattoos are the 'Medals from the War', and it’s so important for a woman or man to look as complete as possible every time they look in the mirror. In order for breast cancer patients to feel complete after breast cancer, it’s so vital that they know that there are amazing nipple tattoo artists around the world who are ready to create them. If this is something of interest to you or a loved one, please check out our world map at www.worldmedicalartists.org or visit Vicky's page www.vickymartinmethod.com Please reach out, as there are so many incredible artists just waiting to help you feel more complete.