Today my 21-year-old son, Luke Birch, sets off with his best friend, Jamie Sparks, on a huge challenge. They will attempt to break the world record for the youngest pair to row across the Atlantic.
Firstly, and most importantly, Elisabeth is American, and the blog is from the US. Therefore, I would hasten to ensure we all know the difference between what the US advocate when it comes to breast awareness, and what we advocate here in the UK.
I'd trained hard in preparation for our first ever Arctic Marathon. But back in February 2013, as I was settling into my bunk at our base station in Alesjaure, Sweden, I could not imagine what the team and I were about to face. As founder of Walk the Walk and the MoonWalks, I was used to walking long distances wearing just a bra.
Something as simple as taking a yoga class can bring a sense of calm and reassurance. The meditation element of yoga is also an essential life skill that can be used in challenging situations like sitting for hours with an intravenous drip administering cancer drugs.
This Christmas, I won't be eating turkey with my family, unwrapping presents and watching panto. I'll be eating dehydrated power food, wrestling with an oar, and watching nothing but the endless waves of the Atlantic ocean.
"The modern man is in crisis. He doesn't have a role any more." I cleared my throat. Damned if I was going to let the fact that women have fought for the right to be more than vessels be blamed for the opposite sex's inability to talk about their health. He was talking as if men had once been great orators on their health, only to be thwarted by feminism.
Sometimes we make snap decisions, the importance and significance of which only becomes clear over time. But from that spontaneous beginning, Walk the Walk and our knowledge of breast cancer has come so far. Best of all, breast cancer is now on the brink of becoming a treatable disease.
FAB1 Million is unique, a campaign of this nature has never been done before and without a blue print to follow, its been a challenging and exciting experience. No day is the same!
While it is thought that less than 5 percent of breast cancer cases are related to a woman's genes and many cancers are largely preventable -- approximately 42 percent of new breast cancer cases in the UK and 38 percent in the US could be prevented.
Over the years I have taken part in some interesting things for Breast Cancer Care. I have shaken buckets in shopping centres, collected enormous cheques, talked to women about their breast cancer experiences and helped out at courses.
Nearly all my womanly parts had been taken away. I found it extremely hard getting used to my new body and image, especially when shopping for clothes. Stringy tops, deep v-necklines were a no-no as I felt so self-conscious about the way I looked.
There is nothing wrong with pink, and I am 100% supportive of breast cancer awareness, being a survivor myself. But there is a growing sense in the cancer world that so-called Pinkification and Pinkwashing are trivialising the disease.
Till the sultry Angelina Jolie looked at the world in its eye and revealed she had just undergone double mastectomy to reduce her chances with developing cancer, discussions about the killer disease were more done in apologetic tones.
Mostly I feel desperately sad about leaving my husband who I love to bits. He is such a wonderful man, yet he will be widowed so young. I feel terribly guilty for the pain that my cancer inflicts on people that love me.
Every year 55,000 women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. They may be frightened, confused, lonely and desperately in need of a sympathetic ear as well as full of questions about what's going to happen next, so the work Breast Cancer Care does is really important.
This year Breast Cancer Care celebrates its 40th anniversary. And it is still the only specialist breast cancer support charity across the UK. In the last 40 years the incidence of breast cancer has risen by 70%. Each year 55,000 women are now diagnosed with this disease in the UK.