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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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It's Time to CoppaFeel with Y Salon

You may have spotted on my Instagram a few weeks ago I had the honor to attend the CoppaFeel event at Y Salon in Newcastle. I was really looking forward to this event, knowing how important this cause is. It was such an inspiring event, I feel like I've learned so much about Breast Cancer and the CoppaFeel charity. I've decided to share it on my blog, because I think it's something that everyone should be aware of. 1 in 2 people will be affected by cancer, so it's important we do what we can to find it and stop it as soon as possible.

About the Salon
The event was held in the Y Salon, who work with the Kevin Murphy brand. Kevin Murphy are committed to natural ingredients and being kind to the environment. They have so many amazing products, which we all got to have a look at during the event, which are all cruelty free and full of natural ingredients. In this day and age, it's so important we start making these changes, so it was really great to get to know what Kevin Murphy do. 

Y Salon is based in Eldon Gardens in Newcastle, and has been established for over 30 years. Rather like the Kevin Murphy, they're aiming to be an eco and environmental salon, pushing recycling, vegan friendly and sustainable products for their clients. In fact, I actually won a notebook made of recycled receipts! 

When I got to the event, I was greeted with smiling faces, amazing cupcakes and balloons filled with prizes! I was actually so nervous for this event because I was going on my own, but I was so pleased I went. They went all out with the boobs too, I thought it was brilliant! We were given the chance to pop a balloon for £5, or pick a straw for £1. All money raised went to the CoppaFeel charity, I can't even remember how many goes I had with this, but it felt even better taking part knowing where the money was going. They had some amazing prizes on offer too, I couldn't believe it! Although I didn't seem to have the gift of winning, it took me quite a few goes before I got something!

We also had the chance to have a look at some of the Kevin Murphy products available before the talk started. I love the message that Kevin Murphy are sharing with their products, it's so important right now! I really need to up my game with recycling etc, but it was handy being able to learn all about it through their products too.

Next up was the talk by Boobette Tracie. I took some horrendous photos on my phone of the presentation just to give everyone a feel of it. I won't try and explain it all, I don't think I'd ever do it well enough, but I'll be sharing all the important links so you can read all about it and get all the proper information!

About the CoppaFeel Charity 

The CoppaFeel charity was founded in 2009 by a woman named Kris, who was unfortunately diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at the age of 23 - that's a year younger than I am now. Scary stuff, but unfortunately this can happen, which is exactly why Kris set up this charity. Young people aren't screened for breast cancer, and sometimes it can take a while to get your diagnosis because of your young age. So many people are unaware that you can get breast cancer so young, and even more so that it can be so aggressive. 

CoppaFeels aim is to raise awareness of regularly checking your boobs for any changes or symptoms to help people spot cancer sooner. If you catch breast cancer in the early stages you have a much higher chance of fighting it, so it's so important that you look out for anything different! 

The talk was honestly so inspiring and just downright amazing. The positivity that Tracie had was just unbelievable. There was a really good mix of fun and seriousness. It's such a difficult topic to talk about but Tracie did it amazingly (she was the perfect Boobette in my eyes!), and it's honestly helped me open up with talking about it too. I think we all need to talk about it more! The more we talk, the more awareness we raise, which means the more likely it is for people to catch breast cancer in it's early stages and make a full recovery. You can follow Tracie on Instagram here to see what she gets up to with the CoppaFeel Charity.

As someone with a Chronic Illness, I know how easy it is to put every ailment. pain or anything new down to the chronic illness you already have. It can be difficult to remember that not everything is down to your chronic illness, so it's so important to get to know your body so if anything changes, you know to get this checked out. And this is where CoppaFeel is crushing it! They have a Boob Check 101 on their website that tells you everything you need to know. They also have a text message service, which will remind you once a month to check your boobs, which I think is fab - you can sign up here for your SMS reminders!

Why not check out their website here to learn more about it. As scary as it is, it's something we should all be talking about. The more we talk, the more aware we are, and the more aware we are, the easier it will be to stop cancer in it's tracks! So get sharing the CoppaFeel message, and remind everyone you know to get checking, including all the men out there! 400 men a year are diagnosed with breast cancer, so don't forget it's not just a women's cancer. Everyone should be aware regardless of gender or age.

Abbey xx


  1. So many people are indeed affected by cancer. It's good that people discuss it and raise awareness by doing so.

    1. Yeah it's great seeing the CoppaFeel charity visiting schools and businesses to raise awareness! It's so important

    2. It’s something we plan to do more of at Y salon hairdressing salons are are great please to get the word out their and as Abbey said it’s so important

    3. I think it's such a great thing that the Salon is doing, can't wait to see what else you do to help raise awareness!


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