Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day

I don’t have much time today, but it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day, as organised by Breast Cancer Care. I spent an interesting couple of hours at Westminster today to strengthen the campaign to provide specialist nurses for those of us with secondaries.

I found the fact that there are only 20 specialist Breast Cancer Nurses, in the UK, frankly shocking. I can’t help feeling that we are neglected or forgotten and I am so grateful that Breast Cancer Care continues to fight on our behalf.

I always enjoy listening to the opinions of women who come from near and far to have their voices heard. We are a diverse group but united by our passion for living and for paving the way for secondary patients in the future.

Some of my friends were missing this year, but certainly not forgotten. And, as usual, I remain impressed by the range of women that I meet who are dealing with difficult situations with dignity and humour. So, I would like to raise an imaginary glass to all the women I have met – friends and friendly strangers – and to those who campaign on our behalf.

Thank you for caring enough to make a difference.