Tell us about yourself ...
I'm Laura, I'm 28 years old from Somerset and I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26.
When were you diagnosed with breast cancer?
I found the lump in 2018 when I was studying for my exams at dental school. I powered through my exams and went on holiday. When I came back, I felt the lump again. I decided to get it checked out. Initially, I was told it was potentially just a cyst, but then I got referred to the local breast care unit where I had further biopsies and ultrasounds. I went back two weeks later, and they told me that I had breast cancer.
How did it feel to be diagnosed at such a young age?
It was completely surreal. You go back thinking it’s just a lump and you’re fine, and you carry on with your life. Then you’re told that you have this disease which could potentially change your life for ever. The drive home was an out of body experience - there was a lot to process.
What does it mean to be part of Breast Cancer Now’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign?
I’m really honoured to be a part of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. I’m proof that breast cancer does affect young women, but I’m also proof that you can come out the other side a better person. It’s been amazing to meet other women who have had similar experiences to me. I feel like I’m part of a really strong, powerful group.