Sorry I have taken a week off. We installed a new system at work and that has taken up most of my week with training and the install.
Today's post is YALC inspired but not in the way you think. This year at YALC not only did the brilliant charity Bloody Good Period (blog post) have a stall so did Coppafeel. This is the second year that Coppafeel has been at YALC and I love the stall and it’s a great charity.
TRIGGER WARNING for Cancer
Before we start Kris you are honestly amazing and inspiring
Every summer CoppaFeel! hit the UK’s biggest festivals and events armed with temporary tattoos, awareness materials and giant boobs on a mission to educate the masses with their life-saving message. The girls are armed with boob themed tattoos, glitter and bra making workshops. Which means you have while getting to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and walk away with a handy reminder to check your boobs!
CoppaFeel! was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga and her twin sister Maren. After Kris was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the age of 23. The charity was launched a month after Kris was diagnosed and eight months after the GP dismissed concerns about a lump in her breast. Kris realised there was very little information out there for young people.
There is a dissolution so to speak where we are unaware or turn a blind eye to the fact that breast cancer can affect people in their twenties. If I’m honest when my grandma was diagnosed while I was at secondary school and I was educated by the nurses how to check, I remember thinking why do I need to be checking? I don’t really have boobs yet. But it is a valuable skill I have gained and once I finally got boobs I checked and still do. While I was at university, one night after a couple of drink the topic came up and only a couple of us actually knew how to check our boobs but some used the excuse that they get their boyfriend to check.
You need to check yourself!!!! You know your own boobs!!!
CoppaFeel! is unique as they are ingraining a habit of a lifetime from a young age through engaging with their target audience in new and innovative ways while educating people that checking your breasts can save your life. Breast cancer can be reduced by earlier detection and faster interventions.
CoppaFeels main aim is to stamp out late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer by ensuring that people know the signs and symptoms, check your boobs regularly and have the confidence to seek medical help when you detect an abnormalities. CoppaFeel! wants everyone to have the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer. Ideally, all breast cancers can be diagnosed at the earliest stage possible, at which treatments are more effective and survival rates are higher.
By talking about boobs openly and honestly, familiarising the knowledge and tools that women need to get to know their bodies removes the ‘scare’ factor surrounding the disease. This will hopefully remove the embarrassment whilst eradicating the taboo which will in turn help women gain the confidence to get seen and diagnosed at the earliest stage possible.
Coppafeel takes a serious message in a light-hearted way, empowering people to start healthy habits for life.