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I'm writing a book about what it's like to be diagnosed with breast cancer at 26 years old, when you're already living with depression.
I'm writing a book about what it's like to be diagnosed with breast cancer at 26 years old, when you're already living with depression.
174 backers pledged £5,060 to help bring this project to life.

World Mental Health Day & Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Alice-May Purkiss (Creator)
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Today is #WorldMentalHealth day. I believe that talking about our mental health, however vulnerable that makes us feel, is a good thing. I believe the more we can open up the conversation we have around mental health, the more we can reduce the stigma and reduce the number of people who feel completely isolated by the thoughts in their brain. 

It's also #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth. For me, every month is breast cancer awareness month. I'm constantly aware of it when I look in the mirror, when I visit the hospital, when I wake up in the morning, it's often one of the first things I think about still.

 So that's why I decided I wanted to write this book. There are tens of thousands of people going through these things, whether separately or both at the same time. I just want this little project of mine to reach some of the people who are going through depression, anxiety and/or cancer and let them know they're not alone. I want to make them laugh too. 

That's why I need your help. I'm so grateful for all of the pledges so far. I hope they keep coming so I can create this book and get it to as many people as possible. And don't worry - only like 20 odd days more you have to put up with me banging on about this old thing. If everyone pledged just £10, we could make amazing things happen. But if you pledge £20, you'll get a copy of the book with it's beautiful illustrations by Georgia Wilmot. 

I can't tell you what it means to this brain and this boob to have had this much support already. I'm so incredibly grateful (and terrified and anxious and overwhelmed, but, standard).

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