Personal stories

  • I thought breast cancer happened to other women - breast cancer stories
  • 1 in 10 women in Northern Ireland will get breast cancer.

    This could be your mum, your sister, aunt, niece or friend. Someone just like Yvonne, Julie or Kirsty.

    Not one of them thought it would happen to them. Please read their stories and make the decision to become actively breast aware.

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  • Yvonne Alderdice's breast cancer story: Support Your Girls
  • Yvonne Alderdice (44), Bangor

    Yvonne Alderdice (44), from Bangor, is married to Dave and has three children, Zoe (14), Ross (13) and Ciara (11). She was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and since then has picked her life up again and even ran the Dublin marathon. She is a keen advocate of checking yourself for anything out of the ordinary.


    Read Yvonne’s story.

  • Julie Lillis's breast cancer story: Support Your Girls
  • Julie Lillis (38), Whiteabbey

    Julie Lillis, (38), a TV production manager from Whiteabbey, was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2020 after finding a lump. She believes a support group for younger women with breast cancer is exactly what is needed in Northern Ireland.

    Read Julie’s story.

  • Kirsty Merriman's breast cancer story
  • Kirsty Merriman (45), Bangor

    Kirsty Merriman, (45), from Bangor is married to Richard and has three children, Sophie (14), Ben (14) and  Finn (12). She was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2020 after finding a lump when recovering from a home-workout with her family.

    A year later, Kirsty joined forces with another breast cancer survivor, Yvonne Alderdice. Along with their families and friends, they took on a chilling ‘Dip a Day’ challenge in the sea throughout April and raised over £12K for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

    Read Kirsty’s story.

  • Claire Williamson shares her breast cancer story
  • Claire Williamson, Lisburn

    When Claire was diagnosed with breast cancer, her two boys were only 18 months and six years old She had recently been for a mammogram, so when she found a lump on her breast she wasn’t overly worried but still approached her GP about it.

    Claire explains how important it is to get to know your own breasts. 

    Read Claire’s story.

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