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All you need to know about boobsTo look at, Kristin Hallenga is just your average 25 year old woman with painted nails, too many rings, her favourite boots and an oversized bag. And some of you may be forgiven for thinking that CoppaFeel! is just your average charity if there is such a thing. It is anything but average. CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer awareness charity that educates young people on the importance of checking their boobs regularly and knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. It was founded in October 2009 by Kristin who herself was misdiagnosed twice with breast cancer at age 23 and now lives with secondary breast cancer, in the form of inoperable tumors which call her spine home. Given the 1 in 25,000 odds, Kristin was diagnosed with Stage IV secondary breast cancer at 23 because she was unlucky. But she was also unaware. Unaware of the risk of breast cancer. Unaware of the need to check her breasts regularly. Unaware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. And unaware of her body. CoppaFeel! was founded out of a need to right these wrongs.CoppaFeel! is the only awareness and education breast cancer charity in the UK. And the only one that targets young people.www.coppafeel.org46Network She I Autumn/Winter 2012Kris and Maren Hallenga with mum JaneAll you need to know about boobs

www.networkshe.com47Too BUSY to be NEGATIVEKristin and Maren Hellenga talk to Network She What would you want your legacy to be?That thanks to my story and CoppaFeel! people check their boobs and therefore save many lives, and that despite cancer being a scary prospect you can live a happy and fulfilling life.Maren Hallenga, Co-Founder, Fundraising and Communications ManagerAs twins how do you both cope about what has and is happening to Kristin. You hear about twins being able to feel the others pain, does it ever happen? Because we've grown up together in the similar ways, have had the same friends, similar interests, same schools etc, we are very similar people and have mutual appreciation and understanding of each others thoughts and feelings. There is nothing sci-fi about us and we're not telepathic but we're incredibly close and have a strong bond, which has cemented even stronger since Kris was diagnosed. Because Kris lives well and happily and is very much getting on with her life, there is no reason for me to feel down or angry with the cards we've been dealt. It wouldn't seem fair or right for me to do so. We work hard and make the most of any great opportunities that come our way. We definitely live with more of a 'why not' attitude now than we used to.weak and needed the support. Now that I am feeling better and have monthly treatment that doesn't make me unwell, I think we all just get on with life and continue as though there isn't anything wrong with me. How do you stay so positive? I'm too busy to be negative! And being negative wouldn't get me very far and is bad for the soul. Positivity gets things done, without it, I wouldn't have come as far as I have with CoppaFeel! and I certainly wouldn't have managed to inspire so many others to get behind the message. I get a bucket load of love and support from my friends and family who treat me like any other person that means a lot to them, which allows me to lead a relatively normal life!You have secured a number of high profile celebrity supporters, what difference has that made and why do you feel they have come on board? They have come on board because they have genuine belief in what we're doing and trying to achieve. We're a charity with a unique message but so many people are affected by breast cancer so it's not hard to garner support from people. The celebrity supporters help with getting the message out to a large audience. Through them we can reach our target audience far more quickly.Kristin Hallenga, Founder and CEO of CoppaFeel!Had you ever heard about the importance of having to 'feel your own boobs' prior to your diagnosis, had you ever examined yourself prior to diagnosis? No, I had never been told by anyone to check my boobs and because of this, I hadn't ever thought to do so either. Breast cancer was something I thought only happened to older women.Did you feel ill, what prompted you to go to the doctors initially?I felt a lump at the top of my boob. I thought it was strange and unusual so I let my mum and sister feel it. They both told me to go and get it checked out by my GP. This was the first time I was told there was nothing to worry about. I went to China to work and travel and whilst I was out there I started to get other symptoms such as searing pain and eventually bloody discharge. How does your mother cope knowing her daughter is terminally ill?It has been very hard for mum, of course. But she is also built from strong stuff and lives with as much hope as I do. When I was first diagnosed and went through gruelling treatment I depended on mum a lot as I was so