CoppaFeel! was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga and her twin sister Maren after Kris was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the age of 23.
What happens at 23? Well, if you’re lucky, seeing a bit of the world, brunching with mates and a whole load of carefree fun. And if you’re less lucky? Breast cancer. After finding a lump at 22, living abroad in China for 8 months and eventually visiting her doctor 3 times, Kris was told the news that she had incurable breast cancer. Kris (right) was unaware that breast cancer could affect people in their twenties and knew very little about the disease. It struck her that there was very little information out there for young people, educating them about the disease, how they could be looking after themselves and informing them that breast cancer doesn’t just affect women over 50.
Although Kris will always live with cancer, she wanted to get the message out there to young people that catching cancer early means you have a higher chance of surviving and recovering. She wanted people to learn from her story and become pro-active about their own health. The idea for CoppaFeel! was born.
Hear Kris’ story in her own words in Kris: Dying to Live, a feature-length documentary from the BBC. You can find the trailer and request to watch the documentary in full here.
As well as being CoppaFeel!’s Boob Chief, Kris can now add Sunday Times Bestseller to her repertoire! Kris’ autobiography, Glittering a Turd is a handbook for living life to the fullest, shining a new perspective on cancer and learning to glitter your own turd, whatever it might be. Kris has survived the unsurvivable for twelve years, and here, she begins to discover why. Glittering a Turd is available to buy at the link below!
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