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Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

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belinda
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Hi Holeybones..I agree with so much of your post. After the latest build up to October I've decided to spend much less time here..it's too upsetting. I can only think of those no longer here and October campaigns named 'Tickled Pink' or 'In the Pink' just seem so crass, so inappropriate. I will still check in occasionally to read the secondaries forum. I think you will already know a mutual friend with a young daughter (A.D.) died earlier this year?
Please feel free to PM me if you hadn't heard.
Good to hear you're responding well to treatment. I'm on Xeloda and have had some good results with it.
Belinda.

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

I thoroughly dislike Pink October and all the breast fixation! Those of us with secondaries are more concerned about bones, lungs, liver etc than our breasts.

I had very little surgery during my primary cancer treatment because I had a good response to FEC and the flat breast tumour (of which I'd been totally unaware) shrank to the size of a 20 pence piece. I asked if I could have another dose of FEC to get rid of it completely so I wouldn't need any breast surgery and was told, no they wanted some tumour to remain so they could do tests for Oestrogen Receptor (ER+)and Progesterone Receptor(PR+) tests, so they knew my treatment options if it recurred.

I now know a lot more about breast cancer and it makes complete sense. Lots of people reacted after my primary treatment as if I'd only had a very mild form of breast cancer because I still had a good head of hair and no mastectomy. I said I went through chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, so what else was necessary before it was considered "real breast cancer"?

The stuff that goes on in October is very hurtful to people like me who are terminal and feeling isolated.

Improving 5 year survival statistics are misunderstood by most of the population. They imagine you have to be alive and well to be included. The truth is you only have to be alive. I'm part of the improved 5 year statistics for my 5th year, but I already had secondaries.

In the USA, there are "Pink Stinks" campaigners with secondaries. However, this group get exploited in another way. There are websites offering sympathy and "Pink Stinks" merchandise but at rip off prices. More exploitation.

I don't wallow in self pity because I know that many others have a worse experience than I've had. I've well exceeded the median life expectancy for breast cancer patients with cancer and am still responding well to treatment.

When decluttering recently, I came across so many Christmas Cards, Birthday Cards and presents from women diagnosed with secondaries around the same time as me and they are no longer with us. Deaths were often sudden and a shock to everyone. I will admit to crying, not for me but for them and so in many cases,the young children left without a mother. Any daughters will have to face up to the fact that they will need to push for early breast cancer screening if their mother died young and there is a possibility of a family history.

I'd happily talk about this side of breast cancer but I doubt if ASDA want to hear it! They make too much money selling their poor quality tarty pink underwear and other paraphernalia to have someone like me cast doubt upon it all. They might demonstrate that they don't get any direct profit from it, but it encourages people into the stores to shop for other items, gets them valuable publicity etc.

Sorry, but can't wait for October to be over.

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

I didn't really just read that the BCC auction in the fashion show was hosted by Jeffrey Archer did I? Tell me it can't be true?

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

BUM BUM BUM BUM BUMMMMMMMMMP!

crispy
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

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magsi
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B U M ... P!! Oh good grief, the child's still up!!

magsi
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

b.u.m.p.

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

I've put my name down

Debra

magsi
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Lenny
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

bumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbumpbump!

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

bumping it right up there on an Monday morning!!!!!!!!!!

only 1 week left to register girls

Carol x

magsi
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

...got my name down - bumpety bump!

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Bump !!!!!

magsi
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

B.U.M.P.

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

I don't have comments that I wish to voice per se on the BCC forum, but as someone diagnosed Stage IV from the start, four years ago, I am happy to talk to ASDA or anyone else, about possible improvements whch could be made in the way they raise awareness and money, and perception in the media, of breast cancer.

Jenny

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Hiya Again

First can I say thanks for your kind comments about my poem, its my way of protesting in a nice manner, I have been doing this a lot recently to shops that don't sell mastectomy wear :-)I'm happy to write one for BCC campaigns if they want to take me up on the offer 🙂

I've emailed too and happy to help in any way, even stripping down to my undies if it will save live.

I'm not anti-Katie, but I did feel very strongly that she did not have the image we need to assist us in raising funds for BC vixens (we are vixens girls, not victims). I know she makes a lot but we need to remember that money is not eveything, it is more important to keep our dignity and our integrity too as we fight this horrible disease.

Thanks Debs and co. for bringing this issue to the national press

Niki
xx

Lenny
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

it's like playing bumper cars!!

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I sent my details, even though I have used this site for a few years I dont often start threads, but was so offended on this occassion with my 12 year old daughter I had to off load, thankfully I did and was amazed and gob smacked by the response from not only us, BCC, BBC, ITN and Asda.

Think the time has come for equal opinions from all areas.

Debbie

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

and another bump to the top!

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

bumpity bumpity bump!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carol xxxxxxx

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Bump xx

Lenny
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

here goes another bump!!

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Giving this a bump so you don't miss the chance for change.
Love Debsxxx

Anna_BCC
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Bumping to the front page.

Anna_BCC
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Thought it might be useful to re-post this on this page as well.

Dear all,

Just to follow up on this morning’s coverage and your contributions to this discussion strand I wanted to let you know about our next steps.

We have been talking with the ASDA team today about their invitation to forum users to feed in opinions around ASDA’s ongoing campaign in support of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign.

At the moment, we don’t know exact timings or the format, but to start things off we would like to hear from any of you who would like to feed in your views to ASDA and the charities in a more structured way.

So if you are interested in taking part, we have set up a special email address which will be live for two weeks. Please email us your name, and contact details by Monday 12 October to
We will then get back in touch with you to give further detail of the timings and logistics of the discussion.

Kind regards,

Diana Jupp
Director of Services

hollymeg
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

BUMP, i just signed up!!!
Pauline xxx

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Bumpity bump!

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Really positive.
BUMP
Nicky

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

I'm in!!! Here comes another BUMP!

magsi
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

So we will have to use the old fashioned method ..............bump Mx

Janet_BCC
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Dear magsi,

I have been in touch with our Head of New Media about your suggestion. Unfortunately we cannot do this at the moment (technically) but are looking for solutions.

Best wishes

Janet
BCC Facilitator

magsi
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Although this may be a 'sticky' at the top of the Hot Topics / Current Issues section, a lot of people only go to the Latest Posts or to threads they are following.
Is is possible to keep this at the top of Latest Posts? or shall we just keep bumping it up.
Oh well here goes ............BUMP

thistle
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

I found the choice of Katie Price for the campaign unsuitable and tactless on ASDA’s part and I did complain to them. I also found the motifs on one of their T-shirts tasteless and complained about that as well. I feel that they listened to the objections and that they will liaise with BCC in future.

I have nothing personal against Katie Price. It is her choice how she wishes to live her life, but I don’t think her public image was the right one for breast cancer charities.

I also don’t, as I have said before have a problem with Pink October as I feel that it does raise much needed funds and awareness.

If all things were fair and equal (but they are not) no type of cancer or other terminal illnesses would have to rely on charity funding and campaigns.

I would like to add my thanks to BCC for the information I receive from them and to all on the forums for support when I need it.
Love and take care
Thistle
xx

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Signed up earleir today, & looking forward to contributing!

Lxxx

Daisy_do
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

What a positive move - good stuff! (Bump)

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Katie Price didn't offend me and I have had a double mx with immediate reconstruction. I have also spoken to other BC sufferers and they weren't offended. If one person's life is saved from celebrity fund raisers then in my opinion it is worth it. I just wish we had more publicity and these type of campaigns when my mum suffered during the 1980s and eventually died from this awful disease in 1989. I personally will always look at any fund raising as being a positive thing and a means to putting an end to this disease. The treatment I received was 100% better than my mam got in the 1980s and I really want to see another 100% improvement in treatments and diagnosis for the next generation. Unfortunately this costs money. I was speaking to a worker from the Coping with Cancer charity today and they said their funding has dropped considerably due to the credit crunch. Please don't complain too much about funding campaigns or we might lose funding altogether. I do appreciate that some of the campaign titles may not be to everyones taste, but they do attract the public and in turn much needed money to fund research and care into this cruel disease.

Anna_BCC
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Bumping again.

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Hello girls I have already posted this on my regaular thread but i guess I need to say here too. I know mistakes have been made and apologies given - I thank all of them for trying to rectify this situation.
I feel for the moderators who have had to read our outraged threads recently. It could not have been easy at all.
I am proud of debs, sharon and cathy for their input equally i know what it is like to be in the media and to have people turn on you as happened to me in August and september of this year for talking about my weight loss and how it helped me to find the lumps that would have killed* me if left alone (*and may still). I was dismayed that some people thought i had soled out (but that is another story) as all money goes to BCC.
I want to say thanx to BCC and to all you girls for your help and support since my dx in april/may. I know you all have made a very tricky time more palatable.
I will be emailing and putting myself forward xxxx R

Jellylegs
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Just sent my message!!!

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Bump - let's not waste this opportunity! xxx

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Thanks magsi and Wizzbaby. The post is already sticky so it will remain at the top of the Hot Topics/Current Issues section and hopefully visible to all.

Best wishes,
Kate, BCC Facilitator

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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

bumping up

magsi
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Re: Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Bumping this up before it gets lost.
Any chance of making this into a 'sticky' so it stays at the top for the time being so people will get a chance to see it?

Moderator
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Breast Cancer Care and ASDA: moving forward

Dear all,

Just to follow up on this morning’s coverage and your contributions to this discussion strand I wanted to let you know about our next steps.

We have been talking with the ASDA team today about their invitation to forum users to feed in opinions around ASDA’s ongoing campaign in support of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign.

At the moment, we don’t know exact timings or the format, but to start things off we would like to hear from any of you who would like to feed in your views to ASDA and the charities in a more structured way.

So if you are interested in taking part, we have set up a special email address which will be live for two weeks. Please email us your name, and contact details by Monday 12 October to
We will then get back in touch with you to give further detail of the timings and logistics of the discussion.

Kind regards,

Diana Jupp
Director of Services