A courageous woman who says she ‘doesn’t have time for cancer’ has appeared on television to spread the word about the Bin the Bra campaign for Against Breast Cancer.
Vibeke Ulmann, from Stone Cross, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in February 2013 the day before her 54th birthday. She was then diagnosed with stage four bone cancer later the same month.
Last week she appeared on the Lorraine Kelly show on ITV1 to speak about her experiences.
She spoke to the Herald after her television appearance and said, “Many have asked me if I am scared – and to that I can emphatically say no, I’m not scared. I have an illness but I am not sick; I don’t look sick, I don’t feel sick. I get pains here and there, and sometimes they are horrific, but you learn to live with them and you carry on regardless.”
Vibeke, who says she is trying to take control of the cancer, has changed her diet, does regular exercise with a personal trainer and takes a variety of supplements to keep herself in the best health.
She describes herself as a positive person and says, as the managing director of a PR company, she is busier than ever.
Vibeke said, “Everyone has their bad days where they think ‘I’m going to die anyway, what’s the point’ but you can allow yourself those days, cry for half an hour and then pick yourself up and get on with it. I am lucky that’s the way I deal with it.” She added, “From my point of view, if you think you’re going to die – you’re halfway in the box and the lid’s stood pretty close by.
“I very much live for now. Every day I wake up is going to be a good day, and I try to find at least three things to laugh about every day.”
Vibeke says more awareness is needed for breast cancer and she appeals to all women suffering from pains in their breasts to go to their GP.
She said, “I think there is not enough education about the menopause and many women at that age put such pains down to ‘the change’. If you are offered a mammogram don’t put it off – it is so important to get it done and catch it early. Breast cancer is not life threatening if caught early.”
Vibeke supports a charity called Against Breast Cancer which runs the Bin the Bra campaign. Bins for secondhand bras can be found in Tesco. The donated bras are sent out to Africa to be sold and for every tonne (around 17,000 bras) the charity gets £1,000.
Charity director Wendy Taylor Hill said, “Vibeke was on the Lorraine Kelly show, which highlights the campaign each year and has really helped to raise the profile.”
Vibeke is fundraising for the charity and donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/vibeke-ulmann.