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Breast cancer: ‘I wasn’t feeling well but I ignored the signs. I put it down to being a mam of twins’

Life can get in the way of getting health issues investigated, but as Kim Clack-Whelan can attest, it’s vital to take your own concerns seriously and regularly check your breasts

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Kim Clack-Whelan was diagnosed with stage 2B breast and lymph node cancer. Photo: Michael Chester

Kim Clack-Whelan was diagnosed with stage 2B breast and lymph node cancer. Photo: Michael Chester

Kim Clack-Whelan with her three-year-old twins Lily and JJ. Photo: Michael Chester

Kim Clack-Whelan with her three-year-old twins Lily and JJ. Photo: Michael Chester

Kim Clack-Whelan, pictured with her twins Lily and JJ (3) is an ambassador for the Great Pink Run. Photo: Michael Chester

Kim Clack-Whelan, pictured with her twins Lily and JJ (3) is an ambassador for the Great Pink Run. Photo: Michael Chester

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Kim Clack-Whelan was diagnosed with stage 2B breast and lymph node cancer. Photo: Michael Chester

‘Only for Lily falling on me — she kind of did save my life,” Kim Clack-Whelan says now. Kim and her then two-year-old daughter were playing on her bed in October 2021, when her small child landed on her mother’s left breast with her elbow. The pain was intense, Kim, thirty-six at the time, recalls. Lily, now three, is a twin — sister of JJ. Kim, who is a hairdresser, also has four stepsons: Nathan, Sam, Luke and Max, who range in age from 17 to 10.

It took the life out of me,” she recalls. Several days later, she was checking her breast in the shower, something she regularly did, when she found a lump on her left breast. “I’d always been a regular checker anyway, just while I was in the shower,” she says. “I called my husband Jason and asked him if he thought there was something there. He said there’s definitely something — it felt like a hard grape.”


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