This post is brought to you by Emma & Roe (sponsored)
I often wonder what it would be like to be part of a family with a ‘known history’ of gene disposition for cancer, like breast or ovarian cancer. Thankfully for my sons my cancer diagnosis doesn’t directly affect their chances of having a cancer diagnosis, of course males can and do have breast cancer and pass on the gene. If I’d had daughters I can’t imagine the ticking fear of a possible genetic diagnosis. Not only for their mortality but also body image, fertility and so much more.
I have friends who have been tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene, their family histories are riddled with women’s cancers and it just makes sense to get tested. It’s not an easy decision to make though and it’s also an expensive exercise so for many women they can take years to make the step towards testing or even forgo the test altogether.
I’m a big believer that knowledge is power, you know ‘forewarned and all’. But what happens when gene testing comes back positive? Shit just became real is what happens!
I didn’t get a ‘warning’…a vision into the future. For me it was a diagnosis and then the fight to save my life. Maybe if I’d had a gene test that returned positive I’d have had some choices, a chance to take control and protect my future.
Thankfully there’s support for women undergoing gene testing for breast and ovarian cancers. Pink Hope is a preventative health charity working to ensure every individual can assess, manage and reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancer, while providing personalised support for at-risk women.
* Provide tools and information to help the general population assess their risk of breast and ovarian cancer
* Promote open discussion around family cancer history in the general population through targeted campaigns and educational tools
* Provide support and information to members of the at risk community to help them appropriately manage and navigate their risk
* Encourage at risk women to be vigilant and proactive with their breast and ovarian health, resulting in a much earlier diagnosis and better treatment
* Work collaboratively with healthcare providers to ensure a better transition for at risk women as they move through each key touch point of their journey
* Advocate for at risk families
Pink Hope are looking after community, supporting and helping Aussies understand their risk of breast and ovarian cancer. They guide and support men and women who are BRCA gene fault positive, families with a history of cancer and people needing to assess and understand their risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Of course all of this wonderful work requires a dedicated team and financial support. Pink Hope collaborate with a few brands including Emma & Roe by Michael Hill, together they formed a partnership with Pink Hope in 2014. Emma & Roe designed and produced the Pink Hope Collection available in store (nationally) and online. Pink Hope receives 15% of the gross profits from the sale of the Pink Hope Collection. Now that makes a difference!
We all love something sparkly with a little bling and a charm bracelet just ticks all the right boxes. It’s a wonderful way to show someone you love them, maybe a friend, sister or someone you care for who needs some support.
You can collect charms to tick off all the milestones of treatment and beyond or perhaps to remember those no longer here. Make it personal or just make it pretty and fun 🙂
The good people from Emma & Roe have sent me one of the Pink Hope leather charm bracelets complete with 4 sterling silver and cubic zirconia charms, nestled in a drawstring bag and tucked away in a gift box. The charm bracelet is valued at $335 and is the perfect give for someone you care for, oh and I’m giving it away ?
So tell me is there someone in your life who could do with some hope? Someone who needs a little extra sparkle?
Just leave your answer in the comments section below and you are in the running 🙂
Til next time
Giveaway runs 2/11/15-midnight 9/11/15. This is a game of skill and the winner will be selected by me.
This prize is not to be exchanged for cash or other goods.
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