The Pink Movement...
By Christy Collier
Everyone has a story.....here is a little bit of mine...
Hi, my name's Christy Collier, and I’m a 40-year old breast cancer survivor. I’m also a mum, fiancé, senior manager, student, dragon boater and podcaster.
The Pink Movement is my passion-fueled project focused on improving the health and well-being of women with a breast cancer diagnosis. It’s all about helping you to STRESS LESS, MOVE MORE and FEEL BETTER.
Whether I like it or not breast cancer is now a part of my life. It’s had an enormous impact on me and my family.
My story begins back in December 2002, which was when my mum was diagnosed. She fought bravely for many years, however sadly lost her battle in February 2009, at the age of 54.
Just three years after she passed, in July 2012, at the age of 34 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Within a matter of weeks I was rushed through for surgery to remove my right breast. I then underwent chemotherapy for three months, followed by 25 hits of radiation, then ongoing hormone therapy.
Next came the diagnosis that I had a mutation of the BRCA-2 gene. Among other things (the most recent being that my only aunt has been diagnosed with BRCA-2, breast and ovarian cancer), what this meant for me was that I would have an increased risk of a second breast cancer within 5-years of the first. Therefore to combat this I decided to have my other breast removed, leaving no breast tissue in either side.
Since diagnosis in 2012 I have had no less than ten operations involving my breast cancer. Whilst I'm currently considered cancer-free, my diagnosis means I'm monitored and tested regularly, and there's always the chance that it might return.
Despite extensive treatment and against all the odds, in 2016 my partner and I fell pregnant and in January 2017 I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Charlotte Ann Collier-Hill. Amazingly, we fell pregnant again, and in May 2018 Harrison James Collier-Hill was born, and our family was complete.
My breast cancer story isn't yet over.....it probably never will be. So rather than wish it away, I’ve decided to accept it. I’ve decided to give back. I’ve decided to do what I can to help others with breast cancer.
Having always been active, fit and healthy, my passion is now focusing on improving the health and well-being of women with a breast cancer diagnosis. To do this in 2013 I took up a position as a Director on the Board of Dragons Abreast Australia, whose mission is to encourage wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie for breast cancer survivors through the sport of dragon boating and promote breast cancer awareness throughout our community.
And now I'm bringing to life The Pink Movement, which includes a Podcast, Blog and Resources aimed at helping those diagnosed with breast cancer to stress less, move more and feel better.
My personal mission is to help those with a breast cancer diagnosis to MAKE MOVEMENT THEIR MISSION.
I'm genuinely thrilled and so excited to be bringing The Pink Movement to life, and I sincerely hope it's beneficial for the many women out there with a breast cancer diagnosis.
© 2017 The Pink Movement
© 2017 The Pink Movement