Bec’s survival instinct

HELPING OTHERS: Breast cancer survivor Rebecca Braid is blogging about her experiences in the hopes of helping others in the same situation. Picture: Les Smith

HELPING OTHERS: Breast cancer survivor Rebecca Braid is blogging about her experiences in the hopes of helping others in the same situation. Picture: Les Smith

Bec Braid refuses to sugar coat her breast cancer experience.

The mother and cancer survivor spent months in a stupor after her treatment finished pondering her next move after her life had been thrown into chaos.

She is now revealing the good, the bad and the ugly in her new blog, One Life.

The blog is aimed to inspire to lead their best life possible and consider life to be precious before it is too late.

Mrs Braid has dubbed October ‘Blog-tober’.

She will focus on her personal journey by posting a blog a day during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In the past 12 months, Mrs Braid has started her own copy writing business and blog, is studying counselling with a focus on post-treatment psychology and has become a Cancer Connect volunteer for Cancer Council.

She is following her passions after spending a lot of time during treatment unsure of what was going to happen next.

“I found the post-treatment phase quite difficult,” she said.

“When it all ends, it’s a bit of a post traumatic shock as to what you’ve been through.

“You feel a little bit lost.”

Mrs Braid kept a journal during her treatment and hopes to one day release it as a book.

But for now, she is using the premise to help other women in her situation.

The blog topics in October cover her hair growth after chemotherapy, extracts from her diary during treatment and stories from other women who have been diagnosed.

“It’s creating a catalogue or diary of 31 topics so it becomes a place to come and get information,” she said.

“So many people don’t know what to do or what to say and they often only see you on your good days but there is so much going on internally.

“The fact that I am young will make other girls realise this can happen.”

Mrs Braid is speaking out today, on Pink Ribbon Day, to help in a national effort to raise awareness and eliminate isolation in other women with breast cancer.

Businesses and stalls will be selling Pink Ribbon merchandise at Bunnings, Commercial Club, Hunters, Kooringal Mall, Southcity, Lake Village Shopping Centre, Marketplace, Harris Scarf and Sturt Mall over the next week.

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