“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and what better opportunity than to share Jo’s amazing story again to my new followers and a reminder to us all to check those boobs / chests boys and girls.
Jo participated in the MOTHERHOOD campaign and is one of the most amazingly confident, strong and beautiful women we have met. Thank you for sharing your inspired story Jo.
“I wanted to share my story and this very personal image because I hope it will inspire others who are going through a similar situation and for them to know that you should never give up on your dreams, and that you are never too young to check your boobs.
Being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26, we knew that having a healthy baby might not have been possible but we never gave up hope. After years of chemo, radiotherapy and hormone treatment, my body clearly never gave up because only a month after my first cycle, I was actually pregnant. The feeling when we saw our sons heartbeat at 6 weeks old is indescribable. All of our dreams had actually come true but I knew the next 9 months were not going to be easy. I was constantly on edge and questioning if my body was actually going to be able to provide and grow a healthy baby. I felt unbelievably proud of myself and my body the first time I held my son in my arms.
Due to a mastectomy, only one of my breasts produced milk and therefore is more than double the size of the other one. At first, I was self-conscious about this as it’s pretty obvious. However, when I look at my son breastfeeding, I am reminded of how amazing my body is. My one ‘working’ boob has been able to produce enough milk for me to exclusively breastfeed Javi since the day he was born, which I think is just incredible. For me, there is no better feeling in the world, than when I am breastfeeding my son, knowing that I never gave up hope that one day I would be holding him in my arms. Our breastfeeding journey has not been an easy one and we have both struggled but for me it shows that with a bit of determination and patience, anything is possible.’’
Image part of the MOTHERHOOD campaign in collaboration with
@positivebirthjersey & sophiedarwinphotography