Last night I went to the Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition launch of the web video series I took part in, “Kiwi Stories of Breast Cancer”. It took place in a movie theatre with the videos shown in a continuous screening. I am glad that I had managed to watch myself in the videos on the computer before the launch as seeing myself on the big screen and seeing how it was edited together was quite daunting, and it meant I had processed some of that feeling before last night.
Even if I hadn’t been actively involved in these videos – I think they are amazing !! Each video concentrates on a certain aspect of the breast cancer journey and although they are short pieces approximately 5-6 minutes long each they cover a wide range of personal experiences and give some medical information as well.
I have put links to the whole series on the right side of the page but I will put the links to the whole series and some of the ones that feature my 2c worth about my experience with IBC. I encourage you to watch the whole series and share it with every one you know.
The only ones of the series I don’t feature at all in are the ‘hormone therapy’ one and the ‘clinical trials’ and the ‘life after breast cancer’ because those are things I haven’t experienced.
I want to applaud all the other women and the man who took part in these videos, most of whom I have never met although I did meet a couple of them at the screening last night. I especially think Brian was wonderful to put his story out there to educate men about Breast Cancer. Even though I never met him I vastly admire him for his participation in this project.
Last night we were informed that Brian had died 3 weeks ago.
Thank you Brian for this legacy, this gift of your experiences. May you rest in peace.