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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Irish mother of two to raise €10,000 for National Breast Cancer Research Institute with cancer blog

Clare Cullen

Published 22/01/2014 | 15:29

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A cancer survivor's fundraiser is about to hit it's €10,000 target on mycharity.ie following thousands of hits on her cancer blog 'More Than A Boob'.

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Lorraine Fanneran started her blog when she was diagnosed with 'Stage 0 Cancer', or, 'pre-cancer' on October 2013.

The 38-year old had to schedule a mastectomy in order to prevent the disease from developing.

She decided to make her journey public after she watched 'Facing Cancer' on RTE. "(Losing a breast) is nothing to be ashamed of...if my story can help one person or eliminate the fear for women about the testing involved...it will be worth it".

Lorraine's reconstruction was aided by taking some muscles from her arm. "I have to look after my left arm for the rest of my life, no blood can be taken from there, I have to watch it in the sun...but the hardest part of it all is not being able to lift my 18 month old, her little face is heartbreaking".

Lorraine describes her 7-year old as being "absolutely traumatized" by the experience. "She cried herself to sleep every night... (she) triple checks every time I’m going to my follow up appointments in Galway that I’m coming back."

Lorraine has an affable sense of humour about the whole situation, which manifests itself in her writing. "OK I lost my breast but hey I’m pushing on and sure who sees it but himself?"

"When it comes down to it I have a great life and a beautiful family and so much to live for, I was one of the lucky ones."

"If this blog can encourage you girls to check yourselves regularly and get to the GP pronto if you find anything I’ll be a happy one boober."

Lorraine's selfless fundraising has touched many, with contributors leaving comments like "You are an inspiration to us all" and "Inspired! Thank you".

You can donate to Lorraine's fundraiser here and follow her blog here.

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