In October 2017 my mum was diagnosed with stage 4 secondary breast cancer. Only 7% of the National funding for cancer goes towards this incurable disease.
Our whole lives have been turned upside down by cancer and so many more women will be told the devastating news that their cancer cannot be cured. My mum is my best friend and all we have to hope for is that with research and new technology they could either extend her life or cure the cancer. However, without a good source of funding, progress is limited.
Make 2nds count is a Scottish charity that was founded to raise awareness and money for secondary breast cancer research. I have decided to wear a pink wig for the whole of October, which is breast cancer awareness month. Many cancer patients go through chemotherapy which is exhausting and results in the loss of hair. The NHS provide wigs for all patients; however, wigs can be hot and uncomfortable. In my mums’ case she struggled wearing hers as it was so difficult to keep on without being uncomfortable. Many women who decide not to wear a wig, which can then mean they attract people staring. The pink wig will stand out and will definitely attract some stares, paired with wearing it all day (apart from in the swimming pool) I will soon feel the discomfort that many women are feeling. Cancer is physically and mentally draining, wearing a pink wig every day is the least I can do.
Where will your money go? Funds raised for Make 2nds Count will go directly to secondary breast cancer research in the form of The Secondary Brest Cancer Team based at the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
Please support me in my ‘Wigathon’ by donating as much as you can and help me spread this campaign across social media.
This is for you mum