We Went PINK for Breast Cancer Research

As an update to my last blog, I am raising money for breast cancer research by taking part in the GO PINK campaign for the National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia. GO PINK encourages people to dye or shave their hair, wear pink or hold events in order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation

“National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading national body funding game-changing breast cancer research with money raised entirely by the Australian public. We receive no government funding. What we do, would not be possible without the support and generosity of people and organisations like YOU. Our mission is simple: stop deaths from breast cancer. How? By identifying, funding and championing world-class research – research that will help us detect tumours earlier, improve treatment outcomes, and ultimately – save lives. Since NBCF’s inception in 1994, the five-year survival rates for breast cancer has increased from 76% to 91%. It’s proof our strategy is working. More than ever, NBCF is focusing keenly on how we can do more with less in order to achieve great outcomes that will impact the longevity and quality of life for patients with breast cancer.  For us, this means identifying new and effective models of funding and ensuring that we don’t stand alone but work collaboratively and creatively to achieve our mission of zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.” Source: https://fundraise.nbcf.org.au/event/go-pink/why-we-need-you

Our team, The Tough Titties

My niece Ally, her friend Coralee, and I are the Tough Titties! Our dye day was on Friday. We went live on Instagram, so that our followers could watch us dye our hair pink. During the live feed we explained why raising money for breast cancer research is so important to us. We have raised $754 so far – our aim is $1000. If you would like to donate, here is a link to our fundraising page:

https://fundraise.nbcf.org.au/fundraisers/thetoughtitties

As promised, I am posting photos of our big day!

Breast Cancer Research

I have written about why I am raising money for breast cancer research in this blog post. I am passionate about raising money for research into breast and other cancers, particularly cancers that have a genetic link. Unfortunately I have the BRCA2 gene mutation that increases my risk of breast cancer to 60-80% and ovarian cancer to 20-40%, as well as other cancers as I have outlined previously. Both my parents died of cancer and my son, brother and sister have all had a melanoma. Ally’s grandmother also passed away from cancer before she was born, and her other grandmother (my mother-in-law) is suffering from lung cancer. In our family alone, cancer has had a huge impact.

Update on my Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomies

I am recovering at home after my bilateral prophylactic mastectomies that I had done on 13 May 2020. (Read about it in this post). Recovery hasn’t been as straightforward as I would have liked due to complications after my surgery. My wound is healing slowly and I still have a lot of swelling and bruising. I’m seeing a haematologist now, to try to uncover why I had a large post-operative bleed. Even with all the complications I have had and how much this has impacted my life, I do not regret having surgery to remove my ovaries and breasts. With my high risk of cancer, I could be going through these surgeries with cancer which would have been so much worse.

Doing something positive like raising money for breast cancer research has given me something to do other than feel sorry for myself. I’m not saying I haven’t had days where I’ve been very emotional. I’ve had some days where I’ve been very upset. But having something to focus on has been really positive and helped me to focus on something during this time. I’ve also had some really great support in the way of lovely messages and kind words. That’s the sort of impetus I need to get me through.

Having our dye day was so much fun, especially with Banjo as our mascot. Here is a collage of photos from our photo shoot with him, which was hilarious!

We went pink for the GO PINK campaign to raise money for breast cancer research
Banjo our mascot – photo shoot for the GO PINK campaign.
GO PINK raises funds for breast cancer research. It is organised by the National Breast Cancer Foundation

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13 Comments

  1. A great cause Christina and I’ve just left a donation. I usually run in the Mothers Day Classic but due to Covid-19 and a dodgy knee I couldn’t do it this year. My sister has had surgery to remove a cancerous lump in her breast a year ago and is still battling on with soreness and other issues. I really feel for you and wish you well. I love the pink hair and years ago, just before I went trekking in Nepal I had my fringe coloured pink and really liked the look! Thanks for sharing your efforts and this very important cause. I’ve just read your story over at Denyse’s too! #mlstl

    1. Thankyou so much Debbie, for your lovely comments and donation. I would love to see how your hair looked with a pink fringe! That’s very daring! Wow, you went trekking in Nepal! That’s inspirational in itself. I hope your sister recovers – it really takes a toll on the body. Regards, Christina

      1. Thanks Christina, my sister is going well. Yes Nepal was amazing and I’m so glad we got to do lots of these adventures before this pandemic hit the world of travel.

  2. Loved the pink hair Christina – I think it makes your heart happy when you do something positive to help others that also lifts your own spirits. Lovely that you could share the experience and all the photos together – I hope you get to your $1000 target and that your recovery is going well. x
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 😊

    1. Hi Leanne, yes I agree, it was a very positive experience and it was lovely to focus on something other than my own woes! We’re doing well with the fundraising – $913 so far! I’m just taking it easy, recovering at home. Thank you for commenting and sharing, regards Christina

  3. Dearest Christina, I’m so pleased you are recovering well after your major surgery. Well done to you and your girls for taking up the Go Pink challenge.! Having my mum die from breast cancer 34 years ago it is a case very close to my heart. As you know, Rachel and I ran in the Virtual Mother’s Day run this year as is our tradition. I’ve donated to your fundraising and once again well done! I love your pink hair and maybe you should keep it that way! Thank you for sharing with us at #MLSTL and take care.xx

    1. Thank you so much Sue, it’s a cause close to both of our hearts. It feels very positive to do something like this, and it honours their memory in a beautiful way. Thanks so much for your kind wishes, regards Christina

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