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Breast
Cancer Awareness Month in October:
The Bra Stories

Celebrate pink! We give
breast cancer patients a voice

#TheBraStoriesbyCA

October is all about education. The pink month is dedicated to raising awareness about a topic that is relevant to every woman: breast cancer. With Bra Stories, C&A is providing a platform for the stories of women affected by breast cancer and helping to draw attention to a topic in which greater awareness and familiarity with your own body can save your life.


Breast cancer is the most common and widespread form of cancer in women. The chances of recovery are good – as long as it is caught early. Four women affected by breast cancer tell their stories. In deeply personal videos, they share their journey through the illness with us and talk about their experiences. They are a picture of strength and confidence, and remind us how important prevention and early detection (e. g. regular breast exams and preventative screenings) are to the chances of recovering from breast cancer.

“It was also a chance to grow and reflect – to trust my own intuition and learn to
listen to my body.”

Michèle Müller

Meditation teacher, Switzerland

“Through my battle with breast cancer, I built a connection to myself like never before. Nevertheless, it took time to reach this point. At first, I was stunned – I just stared at my children and tried to gather my thoughts. My partner never doubted me. Dying was not an option.


There were several difficulties with my treatment, but after 10 months I was done. I wouldn’t say I’m thankful for the diagnosis, but I’m definitely thankful to be the woman I am today.


My advice to all women going through something similar: support your body through the healing process – mentally and physically through meditation and nutrition. Then you can take your life into your own hands.”


@miichelemuller

“No matter how hard it is, it’s worth it to get up every morning to fight for what the illness wants to take away: life.”

Cristina Inés Gill

Content creator, Spain

“I am one of 100,000 women in Spain who beat breast cancer every year. My illness was a journey that taught me a lot of things, which I have shared with the world in my book, “Felicidad... cargando” (Joy... loading). When I received the diagnosis, I wanted to find people to look up to. Other women in different stages of cancer, whom I could learn from and build a relationship with. Instagram was a safe space for me. There, I found a community that became a kind of self-help group.


I absolutely wanted to meet people who had survived cancer. So I started following lots of women in different stages of the illness, resulting in lots of wonderful connections.”


@mamasevaalaguerra

“All the support I received on social media was like having a big
family around me.”

Coraline Ball

Blogger, France

“My experience with cancer began with my mother’s illness. When I learned that I am a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, I opted to have a preventative double mastectomy. My family was worried about my decision. But I took the time to explain everything to them, and talk to them about my motivations. In the end, they understood and supported me. I found other women on social media who were going through the same situation. But it wasn’t easy. I saw it as my chance to see the world from a new perspective, and to help young women who have received a similar diagnosis by sharing my experiences.


Since my operation, I look at life differently. I do everything with a positive attitude, enjoy every moment, and I’m happier and more at peace with myself. I’ve also become more tolerant and patient towards other people.”


@coralineball

“Through my diagnosis, I
learned to live self-confidently.”

Carolin Kotke

Nutritionist, Germany

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, when I was 29. Just as I was in the middle of pursuing a career. At that time, I was completely preoccupied with my job as a marketing manager. In the beginning, it was hard for me to accept the diagnosis, but eventually I managed to focus on what was really important to me.


Today, I enjoy the little things. I don’t see problems as problems anymore, but as positive challenges, or opportunities. After my first chemotherapy session, I shared my story on social media and met other women in the same situation. These connections helped me gain strength and stability.


When the treatment finally began to take its toll, I started studying to become a nutritionist. This gave me energy and made me an expert in the field. In 2020, I gave up my old job to fully pursue my passion as a nutritionist. Now, I help other people by passing all my knowledge on to them.”


@carolinkotke