The Brazette

Aimi – dealing with genetic breast cancer

08 February 2018

Meet Aimi

Today’s Boob Champion is our Boobette Aimi. Aimi carries the faulty BRAC1 gene and has been an ambassador for our charity since 2014. She tells us about preventative surgery, her tartan boob called Fred and what motivated her to walk 25 miles to raise funds for our charity.


Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am 34 years old, from bonnie Dundee, and I carry the faulty BRCA1 gene. I have had a preventative double mastectomy and full hysterectomy. As a Boobette I get to visit schools, workplaces universities (and anywhere that will have me!) to talk to them about the importance of getting to know your boobs and educate them on the signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer. And of course I get to do this with Fred, my giant Boob!

Why did you get involved with our charity?

I first became involved with CoppaFeel! in 2014 after seeing Kris’ documentary – Dying to Live. It hit home to me that I could use my situation and experience to educate others. It definitely helped me get through some really tough times and became a bit of therapy for me.

You decided to take on a challenge for CoppaFeel! – how come?

I completed the Kiltwalk in Dundee last year, walking 25 miles with the boob on my back the whole way. It took me and my wee cousin 10 hours 15 minutes to complete and is definitely the most brutal walk I’ve ever done! But i did it because i wanted to raise funds and give something back to a charity that has helped me so much over the years.

Do you think there’s still a need to raise awareness of breast cancer? Why?

Absolutely. I wish there wasn’t a need for breast awareness but unfortunately so many people lack the education and information they need. It’s not just young people we need to target either- I think many health professionals are still of the idea that it doesn’t happen to young people- but CoppaFeel! is proof that it does.

What’s been the best thing about your experience?

The best thing is that I’ve had the chance to meet some astounding young women (my fellow Boobettes) who continue to inspire and amaze me everyday! It’s also an amazing feeling when you have the opportunity to give something back. When people tell me that they now check their boobs after hearing me talk or seeing my social media updates it really does give me a wee boost that I’m making an impact- be it a small one! If one person checks their boobs because of me then I’m happy with that!

What has been the most challenging thing about your experience?

Breast Cancer has been a dark cloud that has hung over my family for generations. My mum and several family members have succumbed to the disease in their early 30s and the most challenging thing has been having to to do everything and anything I can to prevent myself from being in a similar situation. Being part of CoppaFeel! has enabled me to turn my negative circumstance into something positive!

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