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Bosom Buddies: bound by breast cancer, united in support

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Bosom Buddies: bound by breast cancer, united in support

The National, 29 October 2013. Once a month on a Sunday evening, a group of women meet in a popular Abu Dhabi cafe. Gossiping over coffees and snacks, they look like any other group of women taking time out from their busy lives to catch up. But one thing unites the women in this particular circle: all of them have breast cancer and are at different stages of their treatment. “The aim is to support anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” says Melanie Gobert, who co-hosts the Bosom Buddies network. That comfort can take the form of emotional support or...

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Abu Dhabi Week – Thinking Pink

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Abu Dhabi Week – Thinking Pink

Many lives are impacted by cancer – 160 women in Abu Dhabi develop breast cancer every year and and it is the second leading cause of death in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, according to statistics released by Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD). October is Breast Cancer Awareness month – represented by the colour pink – and as such health professionals and organisations, aswell as campaigners and survivors across the world, take the opportunity to highlight the dangers of the deadly disease and to encourage women to proactively protect themselves against it. It’s a frightening experience to perform a self-examination and find a lump, but in actual fact 80 percent of all breast lumps turn out to be benign or non-cancerous. What is ever more frightening is the fate faced by those who don’t perform self-examinations or attend routine mammograms. “Breast cancer is curable in many occasions,” said Dr Balaji Balasubramanian consultant surgical oncologist at NMC specialty hospital in Abu Dhabi. “Delaying seeking medical attention is the main problem medical professionals are faced with when treating cancer and it should be avoided at all costs.” Dr Balasubramanian advises people to carry out a routine breast exam once a month and check for the following: a painless lump found on the breast area, swelling under the armpit, puckering of the skin, or anything else unusual. If you find anything unusual visit a doctor. And there is no better time to get checked. – See more at:...

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Jewels of antarctica

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Jewels of antarctica

This morning we had a 6.30am wake up call followed by breakfast at 7am – our last meal on board M/V Plancius. We docked at Ushuaia port around 8.30am. Cabins cleared and checked, we made our way down the gangway onto terra firma after 11 amazing days in Antarctica. Our  expedition guides were on the dock waiting to say goodbye and wave us off.  Despite the fact that we were all eager to get back to our families, it was with heavy hearts that we left the port . We gathered for the last team shot in Ushuaia and waived goodbye to the harbour where our adventure had begun. We boarded a bus and together with our team kit bags took a short drive to the Albatros Hotel just across from the main port where we will remain until our 17.20pm flight leaves for Buenos...

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Breast cancer survivors in Abu Dhabi are out to make a difference

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Breast cancer survivors in Abu Dhabi are out to make a difference

This here’s about breast cancer. And whether you’re a woman or a man (because every one of those have women in their lives) you really ought to sit up, pay attention and read ’till the end. One in eight women in the UAE are diagnosed with breast cancer. This is frighteningly more common than we’d like to admit to ourselves. And yet, if found at an early stage and treated 98 percent of women will survive breast cancer. The challenge we need to tackle then is not the cancer itself, because there’s no arguing who’d win that battle if it’s discovered too late. The challenge is tackling ignorance, and that is exactly what a handful of active, Abu Dhabi women are doing with Pink Fitness and Bosom Buddies. Pink Fitness was inspired by Taghrid Khoury, who wanted to dedicate her Pilates classes to raising awareness of and funds for breast cancer. This was the birth of Pink Pilates which, with the generous contribution of many more brilliant women, was expanded to Pink Yoga, Pink Zumba and Pink Bootcamp classes, that all came to be known as Pink Fitness. To many, Taghrid is a continued source of inspiration – as a breast cancer survivor, a Pilates instructor, a mother and a...

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United they stand

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United they stand

The Gulf News, 6 March 2009. It was a gloriously bright sunny day in Abu Dhabi; the weather was mild and the flowers in bloom. Two women were sitting on a bench, catching up, reminiscing and laughing. They looked a picture of health and no one would have been able to tell that they once faced the most terrifying ordeal for any woman: both of them had breast cancer. Shocking news “I was diagnosed in 2006 when I went for my usual check-up at the doctor. They found there was something irregular and I was told not to worry, that all was okay and that the lump was...

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Worst part is it can happen to anyone

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Worst part is it can happen to anyone

Dubai: For Joanne the biggest surprise was the unconditional support she received from her friends and family. “You find out you are not alone when facing this tough time in your life,” she toldGulf News. The worst part was finding out that breast cancer can happen to anyone. “I was stunned as we don’t have a history of cancer in our family,” she said. Joanne K. from Canada was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2006 in Abu Dhabi after finding a lump on her breast for the first time while getting dressed. After going to her local clinic for a mammogram, ultrasound and then a biopsy, Joanne received the confirmation that the lump was...

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We fought and won

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We fought and won

The Gulf News, 2 November 2007. Dubai: All it takes is a few minutes to feel for any lumps and thereby reduce your risk of breast cancer. Though not all cancers can be detected this way, it certainly helps you to determine if something unusual is going on. Gulf News looks at breast cancer in the UAE. “I had always been the healthy one in my family. On first being diagnosed, I could not believe what was happening.” Ase was shocked when she first heard the news. She did not conduct regular self-exams, but suddenly felt something was wrong when she...

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Breast cancer support group lends a hand

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Breast cancer support group lends a hand

Bosom Buddies, an Abu Dhabi group, is looking to contribute its share to the fight. To many, October is simply the month where the blazing heat finally lets up, or the time to start thinking of yet another spooky costume for Halloween. But to millions the world over, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The illness’ official colour — pink — is everywhere, ads promoting self-examination abound, and in what has become a staple in charitable support, walkathons are organised the world over. The UAE has just hosted yet another successful breast cancer walkathon in Dubai where survivors, supporters and educators gathered to promote awareness about the much-feared illness. Meanwhile in Abu Dhabi, Bosom Buddies, a small breast cancer support group, is looking to grow and contribute its share to the...

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Bosom Buddies: We are the bright side of cancer

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Bosom Buddies: We are the bright side of cancer

United they stand in times of adversity. A small group of cancer-stricken women have come together to lift each other’s spirits by forming a support group called the Bosom Buddies. They do not donate money to help cancer patients, they have not uncovered a revolutionary medicine to cure cancer and they do not have a website … but they have done something that was never done before in the UAE: Bosom Buddies formed a support group to make patients feel they are not alone. For them it is not the end of the world. The power of a support...

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