My name is Chris. I grew up in Raheny in Dublin and I have been in Aberdeen for over 14 years. I am happily married with a wonderful 11 year old son Niall. I was diagnosed with grade 3 aggressive breast cancer in March 2009...
I had chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and total lymph node clearance on the left and 3 weeks of radiotherapy.
I took a year out as I called it! And with the help of all my family, friends, work colleagues, medical staff and my own pure determination I am glad to be here to share my story!!!
My own Dad had cancer in 2005 and although my heart was broken watching him suffer I always kept him cheery. Until I was diagnosed myself I had no idea what he had been through.
No matter how good your friends and family are it is always good to catch up with someone who understands what you have been through. One day when I went to CLAN for a complimentary therapy I met a member of PINK and I went to one of their monthly catch ups.
It was good to meet new friends, special people and have a laugh and a change of scenery after being at home for a while.
We have great nights together as the committee work really hard planning and organising events; they are a great team of ladies.
We have enjoyed a lingerie evening, cheese and wine evenings, special guest speakers, Dru Yoga (which I really enjoyed) a trip to Catwalkers in Ellon where we were treated to canapés, bucks fizz and the shop to ourselves! As I am typing this the ladies are off to see “Sister Act”! Our Christmas meal out was such good fun.
On June 2nd we had a fantastic day at Eat on the Green in Udny and I am really looking forward to next years trip!.
I have enjoyed doing charity work over the past few years, from Ladies nights, Twilight walk (wearing madly decorated bras!), watching some great friends dipping into the North Sea in December! The friends from Denmore Park & I did a 2011 calendar! I was the first page three without a cleavage!! Hiding behind the Guinness pumps at the bar!
What a laugh we had, we raised over £4,200 and I have helped raise over £20,000 over the years.
I help Breast Cancer Care Scotland with their lingerie evenings at John Lewis and we get a room to ourselves from 5-8 and it is a great night.
I help CLAN with their fundraising and enjoyed being MC at the variety show last year. The PINK ladies and I recently enjoyed a ladies lunch at the Marcliffe. There were over 350 ladies there at the CLAN fundraiser and I was the guest speaker chatting about part of my journey, the roller coaster ride! And how it is important to help yourself, look after yourself and take time out to relax and have a complimentary therapy and that’s where CLAN and PINK help me to help myself.
But I also like to help others through my own experience. I coped OK with losing my hair, I learnt what foods and drinks I could take to help my immune system during and after chemo, I don’t think too highly of hot flushes!
I also learned to “Love what you see in the mirror” J
I am more fortunate than a lot of people and am delighted to be now a part of PINK and here to help!
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