Great article by Dr Victoria Lavin in The Guardian describing her struggle with breast cancer, while training in Oncology in the UK. She describes the people who truly made a difference during her treatment and the lessons she learnt. Amazing.
- Text and images taken from ABC Australia
Tennis star Serena Williams has released a video of herself singing Australian rock classic I Touch Myself on Instagram as part of a Breast Cancer Network Australia initiative to remind women to check their breasts regularly.
In an Instagram post, Williams said the video was created as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to honour “celebrated diva” and The Divinyls lead singer Chrissy Amphlett, who died from breast cancer in 2013.
“Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colours, all around the world,” Williams said.
The I Touch Myself project was first launched by Breast Cancer Nework Australia in 2014 following the death of Amphlett, at age 53, with fellow Australian singers Olivia Newton-John, Kate Ceberano and Sarah McLeod singing the song in a video to promote the early detection of breast cancer.
The campaign was sparked by Amphlett’s hope the song would inspire women to perform annual breast examinations.
Breast Cancer Network Australia and a women’s lingerie company have also released a snakeskin-print bra named after Amphlett called The Chrissy, which features the words “I Touch Myself” printed on the inside to remind women to regularly examine their breasts.
All profits from the sale of the bra will be donated to Breast Cancer Network Australia.
The Divinyls were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006 before splitting in 2007.