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Chelsea’s story helps raise awareness

Saturday, 2nd May, 2020

Breast cancer survivor Chelsea Anderson with her story featured in Letters of Love; as part of a So Brave initiative. PICTURE: Emily McInerney Breast cancer survivor Chelsea Anderson with her story featured in Letters of Love; as part of a So Brave initiative. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

By Emily McInerney

A Broken Hill woman’s story of survival has been published in a book to help raise awareness about breast cancer.

‘Letters of Love to our new breast friend’ is a fundraising book produced by the charity ‘So Brave’, and features a story by Chelsea Anderson.

Chelsea was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2018 at the age of 31.

Since then she has had a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“So Brave aims to empower, educate and fund research into young women being diagnosed with breast cancer,” Chelsea said.

“It is targeted at young women under 40 who are also at risk of breast cancer.”

Chelsea has been in remission for over 12 months and wanted to be involved with So Brave’s awareness campaigns.

“I wanted to be involved in the campaign to spread awareness on breast cancer in young women,” she said.

“I was asked to write a letter to myself or a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer.

“The letters could have been on any topic, so I chose to write about my experience during chemotherapy.”

There are stories from 15 different young women who were diagnosed with breast cancer in their 20s and 30s.

“It was really cathartic to write my story, I wrote it thinking it wouldn’t even get published,” Chelsea said.

“It was a surprise when they told me it was in the book. 

“It’s a story that’s funny in some spots and thoughtful in others.

“This book is the type of thing I would have wanted when I was diagnosed in the early days.

“You don’t know what is going to happen, but something like this would have been of benefit.

“There are small bite-sized stories, so you can pick and choose what you want to read.

“It would make a great Mother’s Day gift and only took a few days postage.”

The sale of the book will raise funds for research and awareness for breast cancer and support for young women diagnosed.

To purchase the book head to www.sobrave.com.au/love. It is $19.95.

Chelsea also encouraged people to become familiar with their breasts and learn how to check for any unusual changes.

“I found my own lump through self-examination. I caught it early and I saw my GP straight away.

“Even if you think it might be nothing, it doesn’t hurt to check with your doctor.”

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