Do you know a man who has been affected? Please share. “The first time I met another bloke with breast cancer I was really emotional… we weren't even talking about it; it’s just knowing that somebody has suffered like you have.” - Doug HarperWalk the Walk ... See MoreSee Less
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You may be aware this week (10-16th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week. Remember a problem shared is a problem halved. This last year has been so hard on everyone.Remember to talk to your family, friends or us and share your worries and feelings. 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
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One of our ladies Jane, wanted to share her new tattoo and how Bosom Friends have helped and supported her over the years.In her own words......“Well it's been 4 years since my breast surgery and what a journey it has been. I became an unofficial member of Bosom Friends over 20 years ago when my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. I would accompany her to monthly meetings and also assisted at their fashion shows when mum had the pleasure of being a model at their annual fashion shows. I was always made welcome and admired the strength of the ladies fighting with their diagnosis.It was always a waiting game for me, as both my sisters were also diagnosed years before me despite us all being told we were not at risk. Well I finally got my turn and became an official member of Bosom Friends 4 years ago. I opted for a double mastectomy and my journey began. I became stronger and more confident after my surgery and was determined the disease would not beat me. I was never fearful as I had my Bosom Friends family to support me. I have had the privilege of being a model 3 times and also become a committee member to continue to support other ladies with their own journey.After years of deliberating on reconstruction, I decided to finally opt for a tattoo. I am proud of my journey and my scars and happy to share my beautiful piece of art, designed and created by a wonderful lady Becki Clegg of Tainted Canvas Tattoo Studio, Tong, Bradford. Ladies and Gentlemen there is life after breast cancer stand proud of who you are and stay amazing 💜🎗” ... See MoreSee Less
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Pinch Punch, 1st of the month.Time for your monthly breast check girls... and guys!Whatever your age, size or shape it's important to get to know your 'normal' and be breast aware. Please share with your pals, Mum, Dad or your neighbour - it's never too early to start checking your breasts. 💕As a small, independent, registered charity, WE NEED YOUR HELP!We have been running for over 30 years but still need to get the Bosom Friends name out there - we can’t support those with Breast Cancer if they don’t know we exist! Our group is 100% run by volunteers who have all had a breast cancer diagnosis themselves. We find this is beneficial as we have a great understanding of others fears and apprehension.Please like our page, if you haven’t already, Invite your friends and share our posts.Even better if you use the ❤️ or 😮 reactions on our posts to help them get seen more.Thank you 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
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Just incase no-one told told you today...You are braver than you think, stronger than you seem, and more loved than you know.💕 ... See MoreSee Less
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This is not an April Fools joke... Pinch Punch, 1st of the month.Time for your monthly breast check girls... and guys!Whatever your age, size or shape it's important to get to know your 'normal' and be breast aware. Please share with your pals, Mum, Dad or your neighbour - it's never too early to start checking your breasts. 💕As a small, independent, registered charity, WE NEED YOUR HELP!We have been running for over 30 years but still need to get the Bosom Friends name out there - we can’t support those with Breast Cancer if they don’t know we exist! Our group is 100% run by volunteers who have all had a breast cancer diagnosis themselves. We find this is beneficial as we have a great understanding of others fears and apprehension.Please like our page, if you haven’t already, Invite your friends and share our posts.Even better if you use the ❤️ or 😮 reactions on our posts to help them get seen more.Thank you 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
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An Asda and Tyla collaboration Mum uses kids' clay to show signs and symptoms of breast cancer 🙌🏽With CoppaFeel! and Breast Cancer Now ... See MoreSee Less
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Sharing for your info 💕Leeds Rhinos Foundation are pleased to inform you that we will be running our successful Active Beyond Cancer programme funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research virtually, starting on Monday 5th April. The course is free to access and will be running virtually for 10 weeks via Zoom for anyone who is looking to build their health and fitness after cancer treatment. Participants will be able to access two sessions a week – one of these will cover a range of healthy lifestyle topics in an interactive workshop format whilst the other will provide a taster of physical activity to try at home (no equipment needed!). There is a choice of morning (11am-12pm) or evening (6-7pm) sessions available, please see the poster attached for more information regarding the dates and times of the session. To sign up for this programme please use the link available here:forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JYxxgijvck23-PVLnwjeQijD-_7t0INEkzExka_s9ppUNExUMTRNR... or alternatively you can send an email to health@leedsrhinosfoundation.org to express your interest. A member of our team will be in touch to book in an individual consultation with a trained exercise professional to ensure the course is safe and tailored to your needs. For further details please contact Amy Livingston via amy.livingstone@leedsrhinosfoundation.org or 0710094019. ... See MoreSee Less
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Did you know today is International Happiness Day?What makes you happy??? ... See MoreSee Less
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We know that Mother’s Day isn’t easy for everyone. Be kind to yourself today 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
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A good question was asked today regarding lymphoedema (or lymph node removal) and the Covid vaccine.Are you allowed to have to injection in your effected arm?Lymphoedema may be triggered by any type of injection. This is not just an issue for the breast cancer patient but for any patient who has undergone under-arm (axillary) lymph node removal to any degree for any type of cancer. Standard advice given to patients following axillary node removal is to avoid any injection or blood pressure measurement on the effected arm.I have found this info on the Lymphoedema siteCOVID-19 is an infection caused by an infectious respiratory coronavirus. Vaccinations are currently being rolled out across the U.K to help protect the population from this infectious disease. There are currently four vaccines available; none contain live forms of the virus, so you cannot get COVID-19 infection from the vaccine. The vaccine mimics parts of the virus; this triggers the immune system to produce antibodies which protect from COVID-19. The initial dose gives some protection, but protection is better after the subsequent ‘booster’ dose, given at a later date.In general, patients with lymphoedema are not considered to have a weakened immune system. Some patients with rare forms of genetically inherited lymphoedema may have weakened immune systems; you will have been told if this applies to you.• COVID-19 vaccination is advisable for patients with lymphoedema and should help your body produce antibodies to fight the virus should you encounter it in the future.• Patients with forms of genetically inherited lymphoedema associated with weakened immune systems should also have the vaccine. However, it is possible that these patients may not make a full immune response, and therefore should continue to take precautions.• Patients are recommended to accept whichever vaccine is offered, providing they have no other reason not to.The vaccination is usually given as an injection into the upper arm. Within the areas of the body affected by lymphoedema, the immune cells which fight infection may not work as well. Vaccination into these areas may therefore result in a weaker immune response and less protection from COVID- 19. Damage to the skin within an area of lymphoedema can also act as an entry site for infection, so careful skin care and protection is advisable for areas of swelling. We therefore recommend that vaccination is avoided in these areas.We have produced the following guidance to help select the most appropriate area of the body for vaccination:• If you have one arm affected by lymphoedema: Both doses of COVID-19 vaccine should be given in the unaffected, opposite arm.• If you have had the lymph nodes removed from the axilla (armpit) of one arm: Both doses of COVID-19 vaccine should be given in the opposite arm.• If both arms are affected by lymphoedema, but not the legs: Both doses of COVID-19 vaccine should be given into the thighs or buttocks.• If both arms and one leg is affected by lymphoedema: Both doses of COVID-19 vaccine should be given into the unaffected thigh or buttock.• If both arms and both legs are affected by lymphoedema: Both doses of COVID-19 vaccine should be given into the limb least affected by lymphoedema.Please note that both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine documents confirm that injection maybe given into the thigh. Lymph node swelling can occur after any vaccine and is a known side effect of both Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. It should resolve promptly after the vaccination. ... See MoreSee Less
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