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Elizabeth Toohig Inaugural Lecture: June 22nd 2019

Many Oxford Breast Buddy Group (OBBG) members may not have met our former Chairperson, Elizabeth Toohig, since she moved to Somerset in 2017 (although she still played at active role in the group for some time), so I would like to tell you a bit about her....

Ali’s Blog – I’m sorry your boobs tried to kill you – part 2

Ali’s Blog – I’m sorry your boobs tried to kill you – part 2

I completed my last blog just after my first surgery, a lumpectomy, in July 2020.  A few days later I got the results from the tissue taken – I had a pathological complete response – results don’t come better than that.  I sobbed tears of joy.  It sounds strange, but...

Living with secondary Breast Cancer

Living with secondary Breast Cancer

My name is Anna, I’m 53, a mother of two boys, a Trustee and founding member of OBBG, and I have been living with secondary breast cancer (BC) – cancer that has spread to other organs - since 2017. My BC story started out in late 2012 with a triple positive primary...

New Trustee and World Cancer Day Thursday 4 February 2021

New Trustee and World Cancer Day Thursday 4 February 2021

Introduction My name is Jeanette Costigan. I would like to introduce myself as a new trustee for OBBG (Oxford Breast Buddy Group). I am doing this today, Thursday 4 February 2021, because it is World Cancer Day. Today we are paying attention to the fact that 1 in 2...

Ali’s Blog – HER2 positive breast cancer diagnosis

Ali’s Blog – HER2 positive breast cancer diagnosis

I am 49, live in Banbury, have one birth son and a step daughter (but she doesn't live with us). Widowed in 2006, have a new partner. I enjoy long dog walks.  Work as a children's social worker. I got into Parkrun last year.  I love a spa day! I was diagnosed with...

Reiki – Natasha’s part

Reiki – Natasha’s part

I joined OBBG in February 2017 shortly after the diagnosis of my cancer and subsequent surgeries. My immediate treatment, (surgery, reconstruction, radiotherapy) was all over in a matter of six months and at the end of this period the come down from a whirlwind of...

Reiki – part one

Reiki – part one

I am passionate about well-being and complementary health.  Looking after ourselves is first and foremost before we can be anything to anybody or anything else.  I am trained to Practitioner level in the Usui Reiki Ryoho system of Reiki healing and can trace the...

Mindfulness course

Mindfulness course

When the lovely Breast Buddies team told me about a new Mindfulness course they were so generously offering, I hesitated for a while to take them up on their kind offer because, having recently been through all the breast cancer adventures of surgery, chemotherapy and...

Breast reconstruction: a decision-making journey

Breast reconstruction: a decision-making journey

The decision to go for breast reconstruction took a long time to arrive at and a number of factors came into play along the way. Over a period of two years, I went from being 100% sure that I didn’t want to go for reconstruction to being 95% sure that I did. The...

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