One Sunday one of our merry band was having his regular bedside Mass with his priest and his Mum, when the priest asked us all to join with them. When we all refused the way the priest replied to us has stuck with me throughout my life. "Well if you don't believe then you deserve to be sick. God is punishing you all for your lack of faith".
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.
It is widely reported that after inaccuracies were found in waiting times for cancer treatment at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, Essex Police are considering a criminal investigation.
Over 50,000 men between the ages of 15 and 64 die each year in the UK. They're dying too young, many from diseases we should be able to prevent. In the UK, the death rate for men between 15 and 44 years old is nearly double that of women.
Being on palliative care shouldn't mean being written off by the medical profession, destined to become another statistic. Life is precious, regardless of how long or short, and should be used not only to make the most of here and now, but also to make a difference for the future.
"It's not good news I'm afraid, Rachel, I'm sorry to have to tell you, you have cancer." It was exactly 11.30 when my doctor called me through. That sentence is all I remember about the appointment... One year later and I am loving life! I have not let cancer define me and I am finally getting my life back on track!
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.
If I claimed that being in a loving relationship could increase your chances of surviving cancer more than chemotherapy does, how much evidence would you say I needed to back that up? How about a study involving almost three-quarters of a million people?
"This is a 10-minute appointment," the GP said firmly. The implication was clear: he didn't have time to look at the growth on my dad's head. Three months later, Dad was dead. The lumps were cancer that had spread from his lungs...
It's that time of year again - Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's 19 years since the late Evelyn Lauder asked me to help her in her newly formed Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign - the BCA Campaign. I'll never forget her saying to me that women all over the world were dying and no one was talking about it. She told me how inspired she was by the Aids activists who were doing such an amazing job and she said it was our turn to push this disease into the spotlight. And boy, did she succeed.
This year we continued our research, and investigated whether encouraging mother-daughter conversations on regular breast checking would develop positive breast awareness habits at a younger age.
The name makes it sound as if these statements, which Members of Parliament can put their names to in support, lie at the foothills of some sort of legislative process, sparking debates and justifying Parliamentary scrutiny. In fact, the process begins and ends with MPs sending a letter to the Vote Office, where their name will be added to a list. They are essentially meaningless.
Don't believe any idiot who tells you electronic cigarettes are the answer. Make no mistake: they are evil.
At 34 years of age, I'm the eldest of the four kids he left behind and should feel privileged that I had him for the longest of all of us. But two weeks after his death and a week after his funeral, I am struggling to feel positive about anything at all.
Despite sales of sunscreen lotions increasing and campaigns warning people about the dangers of sun exposure, the cases of malignant melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer) in the UK has risen from 3.2 per 100,000 people in 1975 to 17.2 in 2010.
Not only does regular brushing help keep your teeth and gums healthy, it may also hold some protection against a number of chronic disease, with the latest research pointing the toothbrush at Alzheimer's disease.