Meet the Mother-Daughter duo – two out of seven powerful women portraying our #GetItOffYourChest Campaign.
“Getting the cancer diagnosis didn’t really come as a shock to me, but the journey has truly changed me. The hardest thing about it was telling my children.”
A bit about yourself: I’m Monica, I’m 66, and I am a mother of four fantastic children. I love being out in nature, walking our dogs – also during my time as newly retired I’ve taken up an old hobby of mine: sewing.
Life motto: Wake up every day. Treat others as you want to be treated in return. Try to find something positive in everything, even in things that might not be what you wished for. Love yourself even in the hard times.
“I wanted to be strong for my family and since then I’ve taken each day as it comes. My family gives me strength. Today I’m much stronger and I do what I want- for me, and that’s very liberating.”
What Breast Cancer means to you? Breast cancer feels like a family member, it has always been in the family. We have a BRCA2 gene, which means that women in our family have a 60-80% chance of getting breast cancer. I did a preventative mastectomy and got breast implants, this lowers the chance of cancer to a 1-3% chance, but someone had to be that 1-3% and I got breast cancer anyway in 2017.
“Getting the surgery was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. My mom was with me at the hospital. When they were taking me away to surgery we waved goodbye and the nurse said “your mom seems like a wonderful person”. – She’s the most precious thing in my life!”
A bit about yourself? My name is Sanna, I’m 27 and I work as a Motion Graphic Artist and in my spare time, I like to go climbing.
Life motto: “It’s like skateboarding”, which is kind of a weird motto but I see it like this: You won’t get better at skateboarding if you don’t try and fail and try again until you get it. I always try to apply this to situations in my life.
“Doing this workshop with all these beautiful women, that all live with what is my new normal now too, has been incredibly invigorating.”
What Breast Cancer means to you? I went through months of rehab and while I was getting better physically, my mental health was just not the same. I had to come to terms with the fact that I had a part of me removed and replaced with something new that I had to – you know – become friends with. This triggered a depression that I battle with to this day, but I’ve worked hard and it has become a lot better.