October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I’m Helen and I’m the Food Supplement Manager here at Northumbria Pharma.  I’ve always been interested in health and well-being, but my interest really increased when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.  I like to think of myself as a mini health expert as I’ve read so much about how to keep your body in tip top condition.  As October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, I thought I’d share a little bit of my story.

I was diagnosed just before Christmas, in Dec 2017.  At the time my daughter, Nona, was just 9 years old and all I could think about was her growing up without her mammy.  Despite the cancer being very aggressive and fast growing, I was reassured that it was curable.  I had surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and a year of Herceptin injections.  To prevent the little blighter (AKA the cancer) returning I take Tamoxifen daily and have Zoladex injections every month, which brings on the old lady sweats!  But hey I’m still here and I can honestly say that I feel happier and healthier than ever.

I’ve got to be honest, finding out that I needed chemotherapy upset me more than the actual cancer diagnosis.  I’d had long, curly dark hair all my life and the thought of looking like George Doors horrified me.  As well as obliterating any rogue cancer cells chemotherapy really takes its toll on your body, although completely hairless (yes all over!) my skin was so dry that it resembled that of a crocodile, I lost a few nails and the ones that were left were very brittle.  I started taking Biotin once I’d finished my chemotherapy and although my hair growth at first was fluffy it didn’t take long before it started to come through really thick.  I tried to keep it under control with hair bands and clips but didn’t escape the granny stage. Short, curly grey hair wasn’t a good look but 3 years on and I’m embracing my long silver locks, my skin is better (more wrinkles than I’d like) and my nails have recovered.  I still take Biotin along with a cocktail of other supplements and have a relatively healthy diet and I can honestly say that my hair, skin, and nails are possibly even better than they were before.  I urge anyone who is looking to improve their hair, skin, or nails to try Biotin.  I’m not saying that it’ll work for everyone, but it certainly helped me.

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