Thame woman joins "TrueCancerBodies" movement

Thame woman joins "TrueCancerBodies" movement

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 5:35am 18th April 2019. (Updated at 10:49am 18th April 2019)

A woman from Thame has joined a national movement that hopes to show the true reality of cancer.

A collective of people who are affected by cancer have come together to combat what they see as the ‘misleading impression of cancer that is often portrayed by many big brands and organisations’.

38 men and women across the country helped launch "TrueCancerBodies" last week, including Nichola Hewitt, from Thame, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.

The catalyst for TrueCancerBodies was a recent breast cancer campaign that was supported by three big high street retailers.

Vicky Saynor, who started TrueCancerBodies, believed it was a well intentioned campaign but she felt that it really missed the mark and created a disconnect with the community it was set up to support.

She believes putting the community you are trying to support at the heart, front and
centre of a campaign really is fundamental and celebrity or influencer endorsement should only be used as a support, to spread the word.

This breast cancer campaign used slogans such as "bosom buddies" and "2 is better than 1"  and this was painful to hear for those suffering with breast cancer which often involves the removal of one or both breasts.

So, the movement was launched

Vicky started the campaign through Facebook and 38 true cancer bodies came together for a photo shoot, representing at least 10 different cancers.

Nichola told us about her cancer story, she found a lump that she believed was her breast bone but went to get checked anyway:

"I was diagnosed in 2016.

"My boyfriend had noticed a lump, but I had the same on the other side and knew deep down that it was my breast bone.

"But, I went to go and get it checked - I remember the consultant saying 'that's your breast bone.'

But, because I was there they sent me for the screening anyway.

"And it was then during the screening that they picked up something that I had no symptoms of.

"So, the lump my boyfriend was worried about was actually my breast bone but they found the cancer and at the time it was 6cms.

"It was quite big but because it was so far back it hadn't formed any lump or anything."

Nichola told us she was incredibly lucky and urges other women to make sure they get checked.

Get in touch with Nichola here.

The True Cancer Bodies campaign is still in its infancy but it has a number of aims and objectives:

  1.  Build awareness of ALL cancers, especially in the education of early diagnosis by supporting the great work done by such charities as Coppafeel and Bowel Cancer UK
  2. As a group and as individuals to be available to the media, charities, corporates and government bodies to give advice and opinion on awareness and other cancer campaigns to ensure that the sensitivities of cancer sufferers are fully considered in all published materials. 
  3. To be a supportive network to cancer bloggers/Instagrammers, allowing them to bounce ideas of each other and help each other in our goals to show what dealing with cancer is really like and in our hope to encourage early detection where possible.
  4. To give cancer patients and survivors a group where they can find a supportive network.

They hope to show the real face of cancer, the ugly side as well as the beautiful.

TrueCancerBodies wants to work with the amazing charities already out there and spread the word on what people need to do to recognise early warning signs and symptoms of many detectable cancers.

It wants to push all cancers into the popular public mindset and they believe if more people could see how really brutal it is - then maybe it would encourage people to check themselves more.

You can get involved with the movement here.

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