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Honest and humorous conversations about the transitional phases people experience to grow, start over or ‘rebrand’ to become their most authentic selves.
Hosted by former ‘Mummy Bloggers’ Sareta Fontaine and Chioma Olaleye and guest featuring professional ‘rebranders’.
The podcast covers starting-over at different stages of life; championing personal growth, aka, a personal rebrand!
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Sareta & Cee Catch Up
Sareta and Chioma welcome breast cancer advocate and survivor Carly Moosah. Before joining the studio, the hosts briefly discuss how cancer has affected people in their lives and how important it is to get checked if you have any signs or symptoms of the disease.
This weeks guest
Carley Moosah is the co-founder of KeepEmQuiet. Fun packs aimed at children to keep them entertained during periods of travel, rainy days, & weddings. She is a breast cancer advocate who lost her mother to breast cancer a decade before Carly herself was diagnosed with the disease at age 37. She joins us today to tell us about her incredible journey, surviving cancer and what she plans to do next.
Carly’s intentions in sharing her story have been to spread awareness about breast cancer and get people to check their boobs and know what to look for.
Before her diagnosis, the message was loud and clear…early detection is vital. Carly was living proof that early detection is imperative; she had stage 2, grade 3, triple-negative Breast Cancer with a BRCA1 gene mutation. She faced an aggressive treatment plan and radical surgery due to the gene; however, things were positive. Due to some chunky painful lymph nodes discovered on a chemo ward with her sister, Carly immediately booked to see her GP. Within a week, she had a diagnosis, her early detection likely saved her life.
Initially, Carly went into warrior mode, as her therapist put it. She shed very few tears but had a solid positive mental attitude. Although Carly didn’t want people to feel sorry for her, there were times when sharing her vulnerable moments was harder. Honouring authenticity, she opened herself up to sharing the highs and lows of her breast cancer journey and this chapter of her life. Carly had to admit that the lows were par the course. Some moments were the highest highs and lowest lows. Some days she felt like she had nothing to give, riddled with fatigue, chemo fog & relentless negativity. Those were the hard days when she thought that perhaps sharing her journey may hinder the help she wanted to give; the realities of cancer can be very, very ugly.
More From Our Guest
“When my husband and I launched our business, KeepEmQuiet.com, in 2016, I went from a private Instagram to a public one to connect, network and help spread the word about our new venture in what was at the time was a mainly female blogging space. As time went on, I started sharing more and more about myself personally. About my grief on losing my Mum to breast cancer at 27. About mental illness, with a family history of depression, bipolar, and suicide attempts. About my eating disorder in my teens and body issues. I realised that connecting with people on this deeper level and sharing my story felt right; even if it helped just one person, it was worth it to be vulnerable and honest. I have always found writing a cathartic, therapeutic experience.
In October 2019, I stripped to a pink bra to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, having lost my beautiful Mum to the disease, just as she lost hers, whom I never met. One month later, aged 37, I received a diagnosis myself. For 6 months, I had not mentioned my older sister’s Ovarian cancer diagnosis online. It was not my story to tell, and so I had lived and breathed cancer for 6 months whilst my Instagram told a different story. And now, here I was, with my own diagnosis. Do I silently just go quiet and knuckle down with treatment or invite others along for the maddest ride of my life? For over a week, my family and I got our heads around the diagnosis. I told friends. I had tests. And we celebrated our baby girl turning 4 in amongst the agonising upheaval of all that lay ahead. And then, on Sunday evening, I wrote the words “I have breast cancer” on Instagram, and clicked ‘share’. The support and outpouring of love were immediately overwhelming and filled me with strength.
The highest points throughout sharing my cancer diaries have been the messages I received. People who have checked out pains and lumps that they had previously ignored and had the incredible relief to find out that they are benign. Those messages make the sharing so, so worth it. By sharing my experiences, I have helped others going through their own cancer journeys. It’s true what they say, a problem shared is a problem halved. This brings me to the point that if you have gotten this far, please do me one favour and check your boobs immediately. Don’t be scared; get to know your body, and get to the GP if you have any concerns. I felt like I was wasting everyone’s time waiting to have my ultrasound. Please know that checking your health is NEVER wasting anyone’s time. Doctors get a lot more joy from telling you that you have nothing than telling you something. Please CHECK YOUR BOOBS.
A cancer diagnosis flips your world in an instant. It gives you a perspective on all you want your life to be if you can get to the other side. I’m nearing that side now, and I’m so driven to live to my fullest, my healthiest, my best me. I have never ever been more convinced that all that truly matters is that we have our health and our loved ones. This is the fundamental basis of happiness, and having cancer has made me reflect on all the beauty that love and health can allow. ” – Carly Moosah.
Carly raised over £7000 for Coppafeel! completing a 5-day, 100Km trek, in the Scottish Highlands
Edith Eger was a teenager in 1944 when she and her family were sent to Auschwitz during the Second World War. Despite overwhelming odds, Edith survived the Holocaust and moved with her husband to the United States. Having worked in a factory whilst raising her young family, she went on to graduate with a PhD from the University of Texas and became an eminent psychologist. Today, she maintains a busy clinical practice and lectures around the world.
The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life by Dr Edith Eger
- This book will help you…
- Find courage when it feels like all hope is lost
- Release your self-limiting beliefs
- Deal with grief and shame
- Discover how anger traps us and how to release it
Where to find Carly
If You’ve been affected by any of this podcasts topics, visit:
The first breast cancer charity in the UK to solely create awareness amongst young people, with the aim of instilling the knowledge and tools they need to get to know their bodies. Coppafeel likes to talk about a serious message in a light-hearted way, empowering people to start healthy habits for life.
Future Dreams Breast Cancer Charity offers practical and emotional support as well as funding vital research and promoting breast awareness.
The charity was started in 2008 by mother and daughter Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie. By a cruel twist of fate, they were both diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Danielle just 35 and a mother of 3 young children. Tragically both women lost their lives to the disease within a year of each other in 2009.
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