It’s not easy to write this post. After four amazing years since starting PYB, making some wonderful friends, creating an anthology with more than twenty authors which raised over £1,200 for Cancer Research and helping countless people learn how to and remember to check their breasts regularly; I’m afraid I am unable to dedicate the time this campaign deserves.
Over the past year I’ve walked beside my dad while he fought oral cancer and I’ve watched while his battle aged him. I’ve worked my way up to management in my job as well as almost doubling my working hours despite commuting 4hrs a day. I’ve been learning to drive, I’ve had to help my teenage daughter work through teenage struggles of friendship, bullying and finding who she wants to be in life. I’ve helped my mum rebuild her life after being in a relationship which tore her already low confidence away from her. Alongside all of this I’ve tried to live, see friends and enjoy life as much as possible.
I’m now at the point of knowing I’m not invincible and there is only so much I can do.
PYB have posted monthly reminders for people to perform self examinations for the past two years, but the last few months I’ve been so busy I’ve completely forgotten; that’s not who I am or who I want to be.
During our annual events which were originally supposed to be the last Sunday of September, but now seem to take over the whole month, I literally make myself ill. I suffer with more than normal headaches and migraines from too many hours at a computer screen and my blood pressure goes up; one year I ended up at the hospital because my migraines became so unbearable. All of this I shouldered because PYB were helping people look out for the warning signs of cancer and if there was a way I could carry on doing this to myself to help others I would, but I simply can’t do it any longer.
PYB would never have become the size it is today without the help of Vicki AKA V. Her coming on board allowed the campaign to have someone who could advise people on the best places to get help and information. Her background in her professional life meant she was invaluable in taking PYB beyond just our annual event. Her personal life has also taken her away from the campaign over the past year and so with both of us being needed elsewhere the decision has been made to close PYB for good.
Some thank you’s are in order.
Thank you to the PYB Warriors who have helped run the yearly event over the past two years. You have helped me and Vicki take time away from our computer screens knowing the event was in good hands.
Thank you to the PYB Wordy Warriors who lent their skills and passions to the campaign to create the Protect Your Breasts Anthology which raised more money than I ever imagined it could.
Ava Manello, thank you for your formatting skills.
L.J Stock, thank you for the brilliant cover and all artwork you produced.
H A Robinson, thank you for your sharp red pen editing skills.
Thank you to Mel who came on board with all the science and helped people understand cancer and how treatments against it work.
Which leaves only one more thank you and that goes to every single person who has supported this campaign. You helped me keep going when I felt out of my depth, when the internet trolls targeted us and when I felt unworthy to be taking on such an important subject.
I’ll be closing down the various social media accounts over the next month or so, but PYB will always be an important chapter in my life.
We may be going, but the importance of our message will always stand. Check your tattybojangles regularly and ALWAY get any changes or abnormalities checked out by your doctor.