Diane Williamson joins BooBee’s Big Campaign
Our BooBee Ambassadors are 100 women who have been affected by breast cancer. They are joining together to fundraise and spread awareness for a future free from breast cancer. Our BooBees are raring to go and would love for you to join them for their flagship fundraising event – BooBee presents Bingo Bedlam – a high-octane evening of emotion, inspiration and FUN at Manchester Central on November 19th.
Diane Williamson, age 60, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. In 2019, she signed up as one of the original BooBees for Prevent Breast Cancer’s flagship campaign at the time– BreastFest.
Fast forward to 2022 and we’re delighted that she has once again signed up as a BooBee Ambassador as part of our newest, vitally important drive – BooBee’s Big Campaign.
Diane has very kindly shared her breast cancer journey with us and explained why she has once again come on board as a BooBee in support of Prevent Breast Cancer.
Can you tell us a bit about your breast cancer diagnosis?
I was diagnosed on 11th February 2011, on my husband’s birthday. I had found a small lump and went to have it checked out. I was on my own as I had not expected to be told it was very likely to be cancer. My world fell apart.
My children were 16 and 13 at the time and the hardest thing of all was telling them about the cancer.
What treatment did you have?
I had two lumpectomies and was borderline for chemotherapy. I decided to have the full treatment, including six weeks of radiotherapy.
I was treated at Chester Hospital and had radiotherapy at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. Both had amazing staff and were extremely caring.
Was there a family history of breast cancer?
My Aunty died of breast cancer, but they told me it was not related.
My sister then got diagnosed four years ago after having regular checks because of my diagnosis.
Can you tell us about life after your diagnosis?
It’s the most devastating news but I have got through it. My friend who was diagnosed a month after me, did not, and sadly passed away when it returned.
I promised I would take better care of myself when diagnosed. I didn’t and got back on the treadmill as you say. However, when my friend died, it was the wakeup call I needed.
I am convinced stress caused my breast cancer.
What inspired you to take part in the campaigns?
Anything I can do to save anyone’s life. I have raised money for breast cancer prevention in the past and happy to support when I can.
What are you hoping to gain from the experience?
Giving back to all those that supported me and help for all those who continue to be diagnosed.
Meeting new colleagues and friends who have gone through the same experience.
Thank you to Diane for sharing her inspirational story with us.
BooBee’s Big Campaign
As part of BooBee’s Big Campaign, our BooBees will be spreading awareness by taking to the streets of Manchester in November on a huge bright pink bus. Make sure you keep an eye on our social media to hear where we will be visiting. In the meantime, be sure to book your tickets for the flagship fundraising event – BooBee presents Bingo Bedlam.