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Kris:Dying to Live

Kris: Dying to Live

The programme aired on BBC Three Wednesday 26th March and, if you didn’t see it, it documents the life of Kris Hallenga after she discovered she had breast cancer. It follows her struggle with with the terminal illness as it spreads through her body and he mission to make sure all women know to check themselves regularly so they don’t have to face the same life that she does.
I went to the same school as Kris and her twin sister Maren (who is cancer free) and though I’m the same age, we were never in the same classes due to the way the school was run but I did know of her and Maren.
It’s hard to believe that someone at the age of 23 could be told she was dying from cancer and it makes you think, that could have been me. In reality it could have been anyone and that is the point Kris is trying to make when she gives talks at schools and goes to festivals to spread the word of her charity, Coppafeel.
Coppafeel’s main goal is to make sure breast cancer is found early and that everyone knows the signs and symptoms. Knowing this can save your life!
They have monthly text message reminders as well as other ways to get you thinking and checking your boobs and they are supported by a host of celebrities including Fearne Cotton and Dermot O’Leary.
My Grandmother lost her fight with breast cancer and knowing this makes me more aware that I am at risk from the disease but there are no guarantees with cancer. Even if there is no history of it in your family, you can still get it, so check your boobs regularly!!

If you want to find out more about Coppafeel, Kris’ story or on the symptoms of breast cancer, head to their website.