My first big exciting news, after 3 weeks of intense, extremely nerve wracking and difficult auditions, we were finally given our parts to play in 'Grease 2014'. Unfortunately I didn't get Sandy, I can hear you all "ahhhhh shame", but if i'm being honest it was never really mine to get, and as most people who have seen me perform previous will know, I do always end up playing the comic roles, aka the dumb blonde with the high pitched squeaky voice. (NOT STEREOTYPED) So get dates in your diaries folks as I will be playing the role of Frenchie in 'Grease The Musical' @ The Arts Depot www.artsdepot.co.uk Wednesday 19th - Saturday 22nd March 2014 with Impact Theatre Company www.impacttheatre.org.uk for more information and if any of you know any men with a secret desire to sing and dance I think the male ensemble is still open for auditions!
As always everything I do has an alteria motive normally something to do with Breast Cancer and this is no different, we will be raising money from the ticket sales for 2 charities very close to my heart, Future Dreams www.furturedreams.org.uk and Breakthrough Breastcancer www.breakthrough.org.uk
Talking of Future Dreams and as this month is Breast Cancer awareness month 'PINKTOBER' I feel it's my duty to dedicate my blog to all things Pink, starting with the fabulous lunch I attended last week at The Dorchester Hotel. 'Dream A Dream' was organised by my extremely clever beautiful friend Pippa Collins & her amazing team 'Future Dreams' committee, who together with a lot of wonderful people raised over £265,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer & The Haven www.thehaven.org.uk. Darling Pippa, Sylvie and Dan would be so proud of all your achievements and definitely read my blog.
Breakthrough Breast Cancer is a world leader in Breast Cancer research, and the money raised will go towards research into life saving treatments for secondary Breast Cancer. The Haven is an amazing place where patients & their families can go for support and therapies that deliver encouragement, strength and real health benefits to aid recovery from a diagnosis and treatment from Breast Cancer.
Now for the stats:-
Fact: 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop Breast Cancer in their lifetime
Fact: Nearly 12,000 people die from Breast Cancer in the UK every year
Fact: 50,000 daughters, mothers, sisters & friends are diagnosed with Breast Cancer every year in the UK, that's the equivalent of 150 people every day or one person every 10 mins!
Fact: Currently in the UK there are over half a million people living with a diagnosis of Breast Cancer
Fact: More women than ever in the UK are surviving Breast Cancer thanks to better awareness, better screening & better treatments
Fact: Ductal Carcinoma in Situ (DCIS) is an early form of Breast Cancer, (it's what I had) sometimes described as Anintra-Ductal or non invasive cancer.
Fact: Early diagnosis saves lives!!!!
I've said it before and I'm going to keep on repeating myself. so please TLC - TOUCH LOOK CHECK go to the website for more information on how to check your boobies. www.breakthrough.org.uk/tlc you can also call the breakthrough breast cancer info line for free on 08080 100 200
Someone said to me when I mentioned I had to write this months insert, "I thought as you're better now you'd finished writing your blog". I replied it's never finished.. I may be clear from Cancer, with no further treatment needed and no more hospital appointments (apart from check ups), but whilst there are people/women/family/friends around me who are fighting or at risk from this terrible disease, there is awareness to spread, money to raise and a blog to write.
So I'm back to hospital on Tuesday for a check up and next month for 2nd part of my nipple tattoo. I'm not in any pain or uncomfortableness (apart from lying on my front during yoga), but as always some days are harder than others, and still a struggle mentally and occasionally physically. I forget about things for a while and then when I collapse in a heap not knowing why I'm so exhausted and emotional, I remember....
Whilst writing I want to share some happy news and to say big huge congrats to my besties Lucie & Terry on their engagement, also Jo & Jason on their wedding next month, so much to look forward to..
Finally a special PINK celebration for my oldest friends Joanna & Mark, on the birth of Baby Angel Mimi yesterday!!!!!!! So so happy for you and cannot wait for a cuddle.
It is so wonderful to have lovely events to celebrate, it really does put everything into perspective and make it even more important to be healthy and well.
With love & all things Pink !!!!