• Julia Sidwell

I threw a party for my BOOBS

Charlotte is a truly inspirational woman. After we placed her story about her battle with breast cancer in Take a Break, we got her a second appearance - this time in Essentials magazine.

Goodbye boobs breast cancer

When Charlotte found a pea-sized lump in her right breast, she was told it was probably a cyst. Weeks later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Charlotte was distraught. There was a history of breast cancer in her family - four of her dad's cousins had been diagnosed - but she never thought it would happen to her.

She'd been planning to start a family with her husband Paul and was terrified treatment would leave her infertile. So she opted to have a course of emergency IVF and six embryos frozen.

Charlotte then cut off most of her long brown hair and donated it to the Little Princess Trust, before starting chemotherapy.

But then there was another blow. Charlotte's mum Jackie, 59, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Rather than crumble, Charlotte remained strong and looked out for her mum all the time she was having chemo.

Fighting their battles together, they became closer than ever.

Charlotte says: 'My mum and I are both positive people and I don’t think we ever once complained to each other about feeling bad. Mum was so upbeat that it helped me too.'

Charlotte was told she had an increased chance of a faulty gene so she opted for a double mastectomy and reconstruction.

And before it happened, rather than being upset, she decided to celebrate her surgery by having a 'Goodbye Boobs' party.

She says: 'My way of looking at things is that you always have to do your best to make the most out of a bad situation. I saw the operation to remove my breasts as a positive way of cutting the chances of me getting breast cancer again.'

At the party, Charlotte and her friends decorated the house in bunting made from bras and pink balloons, played ze-bra pong (throwing balls into bras) and even enjoyed a big boob cake and smaller boob cup-cakes.

Soon after, Charlotte underwent the surgery and her mum had a full hysterectomy.

Now they are clear of the disease and feeling bright about the future.

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