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Lights, camera, action – IBC awareness

I’ve got some good news in regards to IBC awareness here in New Zealand. I’ve been asked to be part of a video series put together by the Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition (Aotearoa being the Maori name for New Zealand) – the umbrella group for all Breast cancer groups in New Zealand including the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation – it is covering all aspects of diagnosis, treatement etc for all breast cancers but one of the specific things they wanted represented was someone with IBC – they had originally got in touch with the other IBC lady I know in Auckland who is a 10 year survivor but she didn’t want to do it and passed it on to me – filming of my interview takes place tomorrow and release of the video series will be in June – it will be accessible on line so I will let you all know when it is available. I love the fact they wanted someone with IBC specifically!!!!
I have talked to the director and in my interview we are going to concentrate on how I got diagnosed (because Inflammatory Breast Cancer is so different) and treatment and also the fact I blog about it, because that isn’t a tool that a lot of woman use in New Zealand to let family and friends know what is going on.
They are covering many different aspects of the Breast Cancer journey spectrum including what it is like for partners and they are also interviewing a man with Breast Cancer.   The interviews are about an hour long each and then will be editted to fit in with different topics diagnosis/ treatment/ coping strategies etc
I am so excited about this project and am so pleased to be part of it.
Just hoping I will represent the IBC community well – wish me luck!!
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  1. BRO

     /  March 25, 2011

    So I will have a Film Star Sister then !!

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