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Saturday 4 February World Cancer Day

 Saturday 4 February is World Cancer day

 Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.


How can you get involved? suggests several ways such as


Join the ‘Support through Sport’ social media campaign


1. Simply take your ball, racket, frisbee, skis, helmet, paddle, hand or whatever your sporting connection and write the World Cancer Day hashtag on it – #WeCanICan


2. Take a photo of you, your team or your club with the #WeCanICan hashtag


3. Show your support by sharing your photo as far and wide as you can across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, including #WeCanICan and #WorldCancerDay in your post. 


You could




Thunderclap is a tool that facilitates the mass dissemination of messages via Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr by simultaneously posting to the accounts of those who support the campaign. This is a great way to give the campaign visibility and increase the chances of ‘trending’ on social media platforms.


For our Thunderclap to go live, we need the support of a minimum of 500 individuals for the message to be broadcast.


Have a look at their website for other ideas.


You can also buy a Unity Band from or your local Cancer Research UK shop.

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Good Sleep Habits

Tips for a top night’s sleep

We all struggle to get our full 40 winks from time to time, especially during February, according to a new study.

Sleepio’s Great British Sleep Survey suggests that UK adults will spend an average of eight minutes longer trying to get to sleep, with ten more minutes of restlessness during the night.

This is likely to make people more lethargic during the day, as they have to function with less rest.

However, there are a few ways you can top up on your sleep.

Dress comfortably

You’re never going to be able to relax unless you feel comfortable in what you’re wearing.

Find your routine

Trying to stick to a regular bedtime routine will tell your brain it’s time to wind down and prepare for sleep.

This could be having a pre-bed bubble bath, reading a couple of chapters of a book while tucked under the duvet or listening to your favourite radio show.

Enjoy a warm drink

Having a cup of hot chocolate or tea before bed every night will slightly raise your temperature, meaning that as your body regulates itself it becomes a little tired and you begin to feel sleepy.

Just remember to only choose decaffeinated drinks for this to work!

Use relaxing scents

Many people swear by using essential oils and natural scents to help them sleep. Just as the smell of mint will wake you up in the morning, lavender can help you calm down in the evening.

You could try rubbing a little oil on the inside of your wrists or placing a sprig of lavender under your pillow to help you sink into a natural slumber.

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Why Do We Mix Up Our Loved Ones Names?


Do you find your family, especially your children, grandchildren and sometimes your siblings getting increasingly frustrated with you because you can’t get their name right? You call them everyone else’s name and sometimes even the dogs. You shouldn’t take it personally or as a sign of old age.


This article from the Daily Mail “Why we sometimes mix up the names of our loved ones” tells us why we do it.

According to a new study from Duke University researchers say \’misnaming\’ is a common cognitive mistake that follows predictable patterns and can even indicate what relationship category you consider your loved ones to be in.


When a person calls a close friend or family member by the wrong name, they aren\’t just blurting a random name. And despite what many believe, it isn\’t a question of aging, the researchers explain. People in the same relationship category are often called by each other\’s names. This means that friends\’ names are mistaken for others\’, or family members are called by the name of another family member.

\’It\’s a cognitive mistake we make, which reveals something about who we consider to be in our group,\’ said David Rubin, a psychology and neuroscience professor at Duke, and one of the authors of the study. \’It\’s not just random.\’


Researchers conducted five separate surveys of more than 1,700 respondents to determine the many ways people mix up the names of their loved ones. The findings even apply to the family dog. Participants in the study reported that they frequently call their family members by the name of their dog, while no other kinds of pets were associated with this type of slip.

\’I\’ll preface this by saying I have cats and I love them. But our study does seem to add to evidence about the special relationship between people and dogs,\’ says Samantha Deffler, a PhD student at Duke. \’Also, dogs will respond to their names much more than cats, so those names are used more often. Perhaps because of that, the dog\’s name seems to become more integrated with people\’s conceptions of their families.\’

 The researchers also found that phonetic similarities play a role in misnaming, while physical similarities mostly do not. Names that begin or end with similar sounds, like Michael and Mitchell, are more likely to be confused for each other, as are names that have a common vowel sound, like John and Bob. But, parents will still mix up the names of their children even if they look nothing alike and are different genders.

While this cognitive mistake is often attributed to aging, researchers say that college undergraduates are guilty of misnaming as well.

 So if you do mix up your friends and family names it’s not because you are getting old, it’s because you love them.

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A Good Night’s Sleep

It’s now February and hopefully we are all feeling fitter, lighter, happier, relaxed or all of them depending on our New Year’s resolutions. Hopefully we are keeping them up. The most popular resolutions we tend to make are usually to do with losing weight, eating healthier or organising our life and finances better, but one that is just as important, but tends to be forgotten, is sleep. Sleep is something we do every day but we don’t think about it until we’re tired or have trouble sleeping. The BBC’s article “Why do we sleep?” says 


“In broad terms researchers believe it is to enable our bodies and especially our brains to recover. “

It also says


“sleep is also an opportunity for the brain to be cleared of waste.”


That’s understandable because we all lead busy lives and throughout the day we a bombarded with so much information our brains feel full, then we get tense and stressed. Which can lead us to being unable to sleep, and a vicious circle begins.So how can we make sure we sleep well? The main thing is to have a sleep routine, going to bed and getting up at the same time every night as this will help our body clock to get used to a set routine. The Sleep Foundation says “Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual” because “a relaxing, routine activity right before bedtime conducted away from bright lights helps separate your sleep time from activities that can cause excitement, stress or anxiety which can make it more difficult to fall asleep, get sound and deep sleep or remain asleep.”


 Getting adequate sleep is especially important if you are undergoing treatment for cancer. Cancer tells us

“A good night’s sleep not only feels good, it has significant benefits for cancer patients. Dr. Laurence Altshuler says “patients need as much vitality and energy as possible to fight their cancer. Sleep allows the body to relax and recoup.” Dr. Altshuler is the head physician of the Sleep Lab at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Tulsa.

“Without sleep, the body becomes even more stressed, which can interfere with its ability to fight cancer,” Dr. Altshuler says. “In fact, lack of sleep can depress the immune system, as well as hamper recovery from major illness or injury.”


People are starting to see the importance of sleep. The big trend for 2017 is Clean Sleeping… endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow and the Goop team. Metro magazine explains “Clean sleeping is, essentially, just getting a decent night’s sleep on a regular basis. That means at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night (or more, if you fancy), free of interruption and distraction. It’s all about taking sleep a bit more seriously and dedicating the time to getting the sleep we all need. No excuses.


Another thing that can help us sleep is to wear a comfortable sleep bra at night which can stop sore or swollen breasts keeping us awake. You can try any of the post surgery bras on our site for sleeping in and you will be surprised what a difference it makes. 

So, sleep isn’t just something we do, it’s important for our health and wellbeing. All we have left to say then… is have a great night’s sleep!





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London at Night – Breast Cancer Care – Pink Ribbon Walk

There’s still time to register for the Breast Cancer Care – London at Night – Pink Ribbon Walk on the 4th July.

An exciting twist on the original Pink Ribbonwalk, the London at Night walk offers you the chance to experience a magical evening with inspiring people, breathtaking sights and lots of fun and laughter. Joining the team is a fantastic way to view the world’s greatest city at night and help make sure that people living with breast cancer have somewhere to turn to for information and support.

You can choose from the dusk (5 miles), sunset (10 miles) or night (20 miles) walk and the charity promise that you’ll not only have an amazing time but your support will help them continue to be there for anyone facing breast cancer. Details of the walk can be found here or read on below for more information.

5 mile route

Average walking time: 1.5 to 2 hours walking including rest stops.

Starting from our Pink Ribbonwalk event village within the grounds of the Imperial War Museum, we head straight for the river and follow the Thames Path along the South Bank past Lambeth Palace, the London Aquarium and Royal Festival Hall. At the Tate Modern we’ll cross the river facing the beautiful St Paul’s Cathedral from the Millennium Bridge before walking along the Embankment towards the Houses of Parliament. From this side of the Thames we’ll have a perfect view of London’s magnificent skyline before crossing Westminster Bridge and making our way back to the event village.

10 mile route

Average walking time: 2.5 to 4 hours walking including rest stops.

The 10 mile route has the same start and finish as the 5 mile, except where the 5 mile walkers head over Millennium Bridge, the 10 mile walkers remain on the south side of the Thames passing HMS Belfast and City Hall. We’ll cross the river at Tower Bridge and take a tour of the historic and contemporary highlights of the City of London – from the Tower of London, to The Gherkin, and on to the majestic St Paul’s Cathedral. We merge briefly with the 5 mile walkers along the Embankment before breaking away to make our way to Buckingham Palace via Nelson’s Column and The Mall. At Buckingham Palace we merge with the 20 mile walkers and take in Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament before crossing Westminster Bridge and returning to our event village by the Imperial War Museum.

20 mile route

Average walking time: 5 to 8 hours walking including rest stops.

The 20 mile route follows the same route as the 10 mile out to Buckingham Palace, from there we break away from the 10 mile walkers and make our way towards London’s lively West End. We take in highlights such as Piccadilly Circus, Covent Garden and the British Museum before reaching Oxford Street and heading onwards towards Park Lane. Passing by Hyde Park, we make our way into Knightsbridge taking in Harrods and the magnificent Royal Albert Hall. We walk along the fashionable King’s Road and enjoy the leafy squares of Chelsea, before making our way back to Buckingham Palace. Here we merge with the 10 mile walkers and make our return to the event village as described above.

Routes subject to change

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Eloise Breast Cancer Fitting Suite Opens

Eloise is delighted to announce the long awaited opening of its very own Fitting Suite at Furzton Milton Keynes for post surgical ladies looking for bras, prosthesis and swimwear. Until now Eloise products and services were only available online however with the opening of this purpose built suite ladies can now book a private one-to-one appointment for a bespoke lingerie, swimwear or prosthesis fitting in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

The Eloise fitting suite will officially open on Friday June 24th 2016 and will offer ladies the chance to choose from a fabulous array of lingerie and swimwear. The centre will also be offering advice on fit, choice and best styles for each lady according to her individual requirements all in the privacy of a beautifully decorated suite with a trained post surgical bra and prosthesis fitter.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Milton Keynes will be attending to cut the ribbon on the new centre and say a few words on the impact of the new fitting suite for those who have previously struggled to find this type of advice and bespoke service outside of a medical environment.  A representative for Eloise said of the opening “It has been our dream for several years to be able to have a bespoke fitting suite, tastefully decorated with relaxing and calm surroundings for ladies to come to at a convenient time for themselves to be fitted for lingerie, breast forms and swimwear. We are absolutely delighted to have made this dream a reality and look forward to welcoming our post-surgical ladies through the door very soon”

Ladies wishing to make an appointment for a fitting at the new Eloise fitting suite should contact Julie Hardcastle on 01908 340094 to arrange a convenient time.

Please share this with anyone you know who might benefit from this new facility.


Eloise Fitting Suite

23 Shirwell Crescent,


Milton Keynes


For appointments please call 01908 340 094


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Choosing the Right Bra


IF you have a special occasion coming up or perhaps you are going away for a romantic break with your other half there’s a good chance you might decide to treat yourself to some lovely pretty new lingerie to take with you.


 Something to remember however is that most women are wearing the wrong size bra these so if you are going to spend money on a new one yourself you want it to be right. There’s so many to choose from though so where do you start? What size do you get? Here are some of our tips for choosing the right bra. 


You are correct that most women wear the wrong size, its actually 80%! That’s a lot, and only 20% are getting it right! The fit of a bra is really important because it can change the way you look and feel in your clothes and we all want to feel confident, look fabulous and feel comfortable. We strongly recommend that you get correctly fitted and try on different bras not just pick them off the rack and hope they fit. Here’s a few things to remember. 


The band of the bra should be firm but comfortable. It should not ride up at the back at all; if it does it is too big and wont be giving you needed support. You will need to drop a back size, but remember when you do you will need to go up a cup size to compensate e.g. 36B too big, go to 34C. 


The cup should contain the whole breast, if you are protruding over the top try the next size up. If the cup is wrinkled, try a cup smaller e.g. if 34C is too big, try 34B


If you have had surgery it is particularly important to get the right fitting bra. You should consider the type of surgery you’ve had and which type of bra suits your needs and your breast form if you haven’t had a reconstruction.


 Just because you have had surgery doesn’t mean you cant wear pretty underwear.. . for example the Ella bra has lovely floral embroidery while still being supportive, or there’s the Versailles bra, which is one of our favourites, both come in a variety of colours and are perfect for a romantic weekend away. Don’t forget to get the matching knickers as well. 


A good tip to remember with a new bra is that it should be fastened on the loosest hook so when it stretches it can be tightened. 


A well-fitting bra should feel like second skin, so take your time and have fun looking for the right bra that’s supportive, pretty and makes you feel fabulous.








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The Ultimate Guide for Checking Your Breasts

Good Housekeeping Magazine have posted a simple and easy guide to checking your breasts. The article says that watching the video takes the same amount of time as making a cup of tea, so there\’s really no excuse not to check it out. It stresses the fact that checking your breasts is as much about getting used to the natural feel and shape of your breasts as it is about checking for abnormalities. Being familiar with the shape of your breasts will make it easier to identify any unfamiliar lumps and will help to eliminate unneccessary worry. Check out the link here



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Interesting facts to impress your friends with


It’s supposed to be summer so can someone please tell us what happened to “Flaming June?” Someone said to us the other day, “What do you expect? Summer doesn’t start until 21st June.  Does it?   We thought it was the 1st June. To win the argument we did some investigating ourselves and discovered that there’s not a straightforward answer… There are three methods:  meteorological, astronomical and phenological, to help us decide. 

Meteorologists say it’s to do with the weather & they say Summer starts 1 June. Astronomers say it’s to do with the planets & equinox’s and they say Summer starts between 20 & 22 June. Phenological is a new one on us however, this is to do with plants & animals and we are not sure we really understand it to be honest!  So it seems that it’s up to you to decide when summer begins. If you want a little more information have a look at the BBC’s “When do the seasons begin and end?” article which we found very interesting.

In any case and whichever method you subscribe to the Summer has now officially begun so we thought we’d give you some more interesting facts you can amaze your friends with at the pub on those long summer evenings: –

Have you ever wondered why the Queen has 2 Birthday’s?  According to “Her Majesty the Queen celebrates two birthdays every year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June.”

“Official celebrations to mark a sovereign’s birthday have often been held on a day other than the actual birthday, particularly when the actual birthday has not been in the summer. King Edward VII, for example, was born on 9 November, but his official birthday was marked throughout his reign in May or June when there was a greater likelihood of good weather for the Birthday Parade, also known as Trooping the Colour.”

Did you know that The War of the Roses started in St Albans outside the door of the Old Boot pub in Market Place?

About 2,500,000 Mill & Boon books were acquired during the construction of the M6 Toll road. The novels were pulped at a recycling firm in south Wales and used in the preparation of the top layer of the West Midlands motorway.

The most popular tube journey is Leicester Square to Covent Garden Tube station even though it is quicker by foot  Being the shortest also makes it the most expensive!

We know that 2016 marks 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death but did you know that he has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with introducing almost 3,000 words to the English language!

This is our favourite fact “The Statue of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) in Parliament Square has a mild electric current running through it to stop pigeons perchingor snow forming on Churchill’s bald head.”

Our final fact is this: if you choose your swimwear carefully and make sure it fits properly there is no reason that you can’t swim after breast surgery. Check out the new collection of Anita Care swimwear for post-surgical swimming here and don’t forget that there is a new fitting suite in Milton Keynes if you live nearby!

Have fun showing off to you friends with these facts and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.




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Why you should take your holiday quota


It’s hard to believe but not everyone takes their full holiday quota. While some of us have our 2017 holidays all planned, booked and are maybe even already thinking about 2018, Total Jobs says “according to a YouGov/Croner poll report, only one in three workers take their full holiday entitlement.”


There are many reasons that two thirds of us don’t take their full holiday entitlement, some may be worried about losing their jobs or love their job so much they don’t want to take time off.  Whatever the reason we should all take our holidays because they are good for us. We all know that a holiday in the sun is good for us especially because it gives us our much-needed Vitamin D. There are plenty of other reasons too, for example sleep. The Daily Mail’s “Why holidays are healthy” article tells us “Holidays provide the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep. Sleep deprivation through stress or work can lead to poor mental performance, premature ageing and even illness.\”


While we are asleep our bodies undergo certain important processes – from repair and renewal to energy restoration. According to scientists, deep sleep – rather than length of sleep – is the time when the brain recharges itself so we can function effectively during the day. We always sleep better when we are on holiday because we are more relaxed and have less on our minds that could stop us drifting off.  


What about your holiday memories? The Daily Mail article goes on to say


 “Holidays often evoke happy memories. Harnessing memories can be used as an effective relaxation aid to alter wave patterns in the brain – similar to meditation. This is the stage when the brain moves into alpha waves – the stage just before sleep when your body is calm and relaxed.”


 They quote Clinical psychologist Ron Bracey“who believes conjuring up holiday memories can be used as an instant rescue remedy”.


Holiday memories can help us when we are feeling low especially during times of stress and when we’re ill. When we visit someone with whom we may have been on holiday how much better we all feel remembering the happy times or even the dramas that we had together.  


For some of us the enjoyment starts long before we arrive at our holiday destination, it begins when we start researching our holiday. Looking through travel magazines, or visiting websites to find the best cottage in the best location can be very relaxing if you enjoy the planning stage.


Whatever your preference if you want to spend hours looking for that perfect holiday destination or you want someone else to arrange it and just turn up that’s fine. The important thing is take a holiday, even if it’s a stay-cation its good for you.