Breast cancer survivor June True is creating an inspirational charity calendar featuring other local people who have beaten the disease.
June, who lives in Walesby Road, Market Rasen, wants to use the calendar to spread the message that breast cancer can be beaten if people look for the signs and get an early diagnosis.
The 50-year-old is looking for as many people as possible to feature in the calendar.
She said: “We can show everyone that loads of people have had breast cancer and survived, we can show people it can be beaten.”
June - who was diagnosed in November 2009 and had a year of treatment - has wanted to do something to highlight the disease for a long time.
She is now in a position to follow her goal after taking voluntary redundancy from her job at a bank in Lincoln.
“I’m fortunate to be here still and am in a position where I can give something back, it’s such a big thing that needs highlighting.
“A lot of people say they wouldn’t even know what to look for.
“But if you find out early it’s not an untreatable disease.
“It can be so surreal and so frightening but the calendar will say ‘I’ve been there and I’m still here’.
“It’s such a worthy cause.
“I’ve been thinking about it for absolutely ages.”
If you would like to be involved in the calendar, which will raise money for Breast Cancer Care, contact June on 07512 830616.
June True’s breast cancer survival story.......
“I was 47, I had stopped shaving my arms and I used to put my arms in the air.
“One day when I did this I thought ‘I’ve put on weight’ and noticed creasing underneath.
“It was niggling me that something wasn’t right.
“When I eventually told my husband he said there was probably nothing wrong.
“Looking back I wonder how many people out there would have just left it?
“I can’t say I was truly aware of breast cancer, I probably wasn’t.
“Within the next few days I was watching This Morning and the doctor on there was talking about how puckering wasn’t normal. I can’t tell you how I felt, I was quite shaken.
“I went to get checked out. The doctor said I didn’t have any visible lump but told me to have a mammogram.
“My lump was at the bottom of the boob inside, so I would never have felt it.
“It’s absolutely terrifying to have that diagnosis, but you can’t have treatment until it is diagnosed - you need to go and get checked out as soon as possible.”