Money donated through Tribute Funds will go towards our free services for people affected by breast cancer. One of the people who our services has helped is Janine Brook. She speaks here about how Breast Cancer Care has helped her.
Janine was just 34 with two young children when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
'Breast Cancer Care's Younger Women's Forum was fantastic and actually made me feel normal. Just talking to people my age was really comforting and made me realise I wasn't on my own. For me, it was vital, there's nothing else like it out there and it absolutely got me through.'
Breast Cancer Care runs these one- and two-day courses across the UK, covering a variety of topics from the effect of treatment on fertility and relationships to looking after a young family. Here, younger women come together, share their concerns and have the opportunity to speak to experts.
One thing that Janine found invaluable in the early stages was Mummy's Lump - our award-winning illustrated children's book, which she used to prepare her children for the changes ahead.
'This book was a great starting point. It meant I could explain what was happening to me to my four-year-old while showing her the pictures.
'The nice thing was that the characters all go on holiday at the end of the book; I used to say to her that we would go on holiday too and that gave us focus. We're going in a few weeks' time and she's so excited about it.'
With the help of Breast Cancer Care Janine found the strength she needed to cope. The information on our website and in our expert publications provided her with specific details written with younger women in mind. She also benefitted from calling our helpline and speaking to our nurses and specially trained staff who understood the challenges she was going through.