#PYB 2015 annual event round up

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The 2015 Protect Your Breasts event was our most successful and manic to-date and in a way is still ongoing through October.

This year our supporters began shouting about the event, announcing the date and changing their twitter avatar’s from the 1st of September. The build up kept gathering momentum with more and more people coming on board every day.

Unfortunately the week before the official #PYB day we had some unfavourable comments about the whole campaign. We won’t dwell on it now, but at the time we did worry it would affect the campaign and stop people from supporting us, but there was no stopping our supporters who believe in our message and our campaign.

How can we be so sure it was our most successful year? Well we don’t have the previous two years figures because this campaign has grown and become more structured throughout this whole year, but we do have our September 2015 social media figures.

Twitter

We had 465.2K impressions throughout September. This means our tweets were seen on screens over 465K times; that’s one hell of a reach!

This gained us 1.2K Link clicks to our blog, Facebook and Pinterest combined. We had 3.4K Re-tweets; knowing people wanted to share our message that much is astounding and finally we had 4.36K favourites.

How amazing are those figures just from one platform!

Blog

#PYB have a blog where we share people’s experiences with Cancer, explain why we are doing what we do and what our aim is; we also explain where we get our information from so people can trust what we say.

Throughout September we had 1,041 views!

The blog was started in February and if you add all our views from February until the end of August you wouldn’t even get half the September figure.

Facebook

This is a hard platform to crack, most businesses struggle to get likes on their page and to turn those likes into real customers. Obviously we aren’t trying to get people to buy anything, we want to give them tools to keep themselves safe and healthy, but we still face the same struggle of building a following just as others do.

During the 2015 #PYB event however, we managed to tip 500 likes which is a big achievement in our books and helps to spread our message to those who aren’t on twitter.

We even created our own Pinterest account this year too where we proudly display the pictures our supporters shared with us throughout the three campaigns we have hosted since 2013.

So that was our 2015 event in figures, but our work hasn’t stop there . . . oh no! This year we had a very special and secret project happening on the run up to the event. 28 authors came together to create a book, an anthology of stories all one thousand words in length inspired by one picture.

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You can’t buy this book though, the only way you can get a copy of this book is through making a donation through the #PYB Just Giving Page and you will receive Framed by the #PYB Wordy Warriors as a thank you gift, just remember to fill in the registration form and you will find the link to that on the Just Giving page.

There is no minimum donation required, but we do urge you to dig deep, all donations of all sizes will help fight this vile disease.

Together let’s make C stand for Clear, not Cancer

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Lisa and V

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Framed by the #PYB Wordy Warriors is OUT NOW

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Framed is a book put together by Protect Your Breasts in order to raise money for Cancer Research, but rather than put the book on sale, it’s being given as a thank you gift for donations made through their Just Giving page

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Framed is a collection of twenty eight stories, one thousand words in length, each written by one of twenty eight writers, collectively known as the #PYB Wordy Warriors.

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All the tales in this anthology are inspired by this picture. Every story is different, every writer’s way with words unique, but they stand united for the cause. Fear, love, pain and freedom; you’ll find it all in this book, on a heart-breaking and uplifting journey through beautiful prose.

The team of Wordy Warriors and the team at #PYB want to say a huge thank you for all your support and we hope you enjoy this collection.

You can get the full list of #PYB Wordy Warriors and more details about this project here

How can you get your hands on this book and support this cause? In three easy steps

  • Make a donation through this Just Giving Page
  • Register the name you made the donation under and your email address through this form
  • Enjoy the words, support the cause and follow #PYB

Protect Your Breasts is a non-profit campaign ran by Lisa Fulham and V to raise awareness for the importance of self examination for the signs of Breast Cancer.

You can follow and support #PYB in the following places

Twitter

Facebook

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Thank You for your support

Lisa and V

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A Brave Lady – Kymberly Witherspoon

Over the past year we have seen a wonderful lady by the name Kym battle through Breast Cancer.

She has fought like a girl and she has done it with a big heart.

Kym shared her story with Voella and we are sharing her posts below.

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An unintended journey ~ The emotions

Kym has always supported #PYB and even at a very difficult point in her journey she joined in our annual event last year. She has always been an inspiration to me personally (Lisa) and to see her go through what she has been through and the way she handled it made me feel in awe.

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Inflammatory Breast Cancer; not just a lump.

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As soon as someone says ‘breast cancer’ we think ‘lump’… but this isn’t always the case.

There doesn’t need to be a lump in your breast to have breast cancer.

This is one of the reasons why we have been raising awareness of other signs and symptoms throughout our PYB campaign.

This is a rare type of breast cancer. It is called ‘inflammatory’ because the breast tissue becomes inflamed. The lymph channels in the breast can become blocked with cancer cells. As part of our lymphatic system, these channels normally drain excess tissue fluid away from the body tissues and organs, but when blocked, they can’t do this.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) can show different signs and symptoms which we may not necessarily think about going to the doctor with, let alone recognise as being breast cancer.

So what should you look for?

There are no hard and fast rules as to which sign or symptom comes first. You may only have one particular symptom, and that could be completely different to someone else with IBC. We are all individuals, so our bodies do different things.

Because the lymph channels are blocked, the breast may become

  • Swollen
  • Red
  • Firm or hard
  • Hot to the touch

The breast can also be painful in inflammatory breast cancer, but this is not always the case.

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Other possible symptoms include

  • Ridges or thickening of the skin of the breast
  • Pitted skin, like orange peel
  • A lump in the breast
  • A discharge from the nipple
  • An inverted nipple – the nipple is pulled into the breast

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Unfortunately Inflammatory breast cancer symptoms can appear quite suddenly. Sometimes it can be confused with mastitis, where antibiotics may be prescribed. It is important to go back to your GP if you feel the antibiotics aren’t working and pursue further tests.

For more information on diagnosis and treatments for IBC, please use the following link:

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/about/types/inflammatory-breast-cancer

For more general breast cancer information from reputable organisations, please use the following link:

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/breast-cancer-organisations

We have also been contacted by The IBC Network Foundation who are based in the United States https://www.theibcnetwork.org/ please check out their site also

The team here at Protect Your Breasts want to thank you for your continued support and if there is something you would like to see more information about on our site please get in touch at protectyourbreasts@gmail.com

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My Story By Tracy Service

Something me and V have wanted to do for a long time is to post some real life experiences on this blog, but it’s something we haven’t had the time to pursue until now.

Below is Tracy’s account of her own scare with cancer and she was kind enough to share this with us.

April of this year will be one I won’t forget. I had recently started on HRT for menopausal symptoms. One night Neil (Hubs) was gently fondling my breast when he suddenly stopped and said “you have a lump in your boob.” I froze and fumbled to find it myself and sure enough it was there as plain as the nose on your face. It was hard and felt huge. Needless to say next morning I was on the phone to my GP. I got an appointment for later that day and went along. He confirmed there was something there but it was probably nothing more than a fatty cyst. I suppose they have to say this as unless they have X-ray eyes they cannot give you a definitive answer. He said he would refer me to the surgeons for tests and if I hadn’t heard anything within 3 weeks to call him.

You can imagine my mind, turmoil was an understatement. I was approaching 50, had a holiday planned and was looking at changing my job. My world stopped. I loved books, but could no longer concentrate to read and take in new ones. Instead I re-read old ones so I didn’t have to concentrate too hard because I knew the story. I only told a few friends and my close family. One week later I had my appointment for two weeks later; it was for a mammogram at 10am and the surgeon at 2pm the same day.

The dreaded the moment that morning would arrive and I can tell you it was the longest two weeks of my life. In my head I had made contingency plans for it being a positive result such as changing holiday dates etc to fit in with treatment, money checks in case of time off work, you can imagine.

The Mammogram went ok. Let me tell you ladies it is nothing to be afraid of, it’s the thought of it. Yes it’s uncomfortable and odd but not the way we think, don’t let anyone sway you from taking one. Remember you don’t get any results from the technician, she is not allowed to say anything.

My appointment with the Surgeon was surreal. Sitting in the waiting room looking at all the other ladies with their friends, partners, husbands etc made me feel almost guilty for wanting mine to be ok as knowing that someone’s life in the vicinity was about to change for the worst. My turn, the surgeon was lovely, she confirmed there was definitely a cyst in my left breast and one in my right (I didn’t know about that one). I was sent for an ultrasound as part of my clinic visit, a fact I had been made aware may happen on my letter. Ladies please don’t think because you are sent there that there is something wrong, it isn’t unusual for this to happen. So along with my notes we plodded to X-ray where I was greeted by a lovely Dr doing the scan. It’s a bit un-comfy because they have to press a little. Yup there was my cysts one at 2.5cm and another at 1cm. She asked if I wanted to have them drained there and then using a little needle. I was apprehensive but said yes. I need not have worried; it was less painful than a blood test and was seconds long. They drained fluid from both and said all else was well. I went back through to the surgeon who confirmed they were cysts. I went home a happy bunny.

Now here’s the important part. I was told to check my breast regularly, at least monthly. Also that if I found anything and I mean anything, I was not to be afraid to go back and ask for another appointment. If you are ever in this situation just know you will not be inconveniencing them at all and the one time you don’t check something out….well you can imagine.

So now my hubby checks my boobs and has fun doing so. I came off HRT and am going to start checking his, and other parts, well he can’t have all the fun lol.

I really hope this will help others who experience this, remember you are not alone and most of all check ‘em, Protect Your Breasts xxx

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tracy for sharing this, her story had a happy ending which we and her family are grateful for.

If you would like to speak to Tracy about her experience then you can find her here

Not every story ends on such a good note, but by checking your breasts every month you can increase the possibility of early detection and therefore increase your survival rate if Cancer is found early enough.

PYB run monthly reminders  for people to check their breasts throughout the year and you can keep up to date with this on our social media accounts

Twitter

Facebook

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The Big C by Cameron Lincoln

In September 2014 we celebrated our first year of #PYB (Protect Your Breasts) and we had people sharing their own stories with Cancer.

You can find Cameron Lincoln’s story here

The team at #PYB want to thank Cameron for being so open with his experience and we hope anyone reading this who have concerns of their own seek medical advice as soon as possible.

Never feel as though you are bothering your doctors over nothing, if you feel something is wrong and you don’t feel the doctor is taking your concerns seriously ask for a second opinion because you know your body better than anyone.

Together let’s make C stand for Clear, not Cancer