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During October 2021, we will be donating 10% of the sale of our CHARITY decs between two charities very close to our hearts - The Blossom Appeal at Ipswich Hospital, and Suffolk Mind.  
Here is why these charities are especially important to us... 
 
 
Why I’m supporting The Blossom Appeal at Ipswich Hospital 
 
In 2018, a few days after my 48th birthday, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was too young for a routine mammogram and it was a ‘lucky’ fall flat on my face/bosoms that resulted in me finding my rather large lump – hidden under my right boob, which I could only feel it when I was lying down…so PLEASE check yourself every month properly – both standing up and laying down! 
 
On referral to the hospital, in spite of the amazing staff, the process of diagnosis was very disjointed…top off, bra off, bra on, top on, top off, bra off, you get the gist. This was necessary because the mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy were in another department down a corridor from the breast clinic (which is a bit dated and not a calming environment – which believe me, you need as the fear of what may be said is real), and the waiting room is public so you have to dress between the different processes! 
 
So the Blossom Appeal is raising funds to build a new Breast Care Centre where everything is under one roof, therefore making visits easier for patients. There will also be dedicated clinics for men (yes – you can get breast cancer too) and young people. 
 
Ipswich hospital completed the Woolverstone Day Unit in 2016 where I had my chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and consultant appointments post diagnosis. This is a calm, serene area, which goes some way to making the whole experience less scary. And this is why I know how important it is for the initial, flipping scary, appointments to be in a similar environment. 
 
Love Melanie x 
Why I'm supporting Suffolk Mind 
 
I first had treatment for anxiety when I was eight years old, and I'd been struggling with it for a while by this point, not really understanding what it was. In the years after, I have struggled with it in many different forms - generalised, eating disorders, and most recently - agoraphobia. On top of all of that, I've also had periods of depression and mania, and was subsequently diagnosed with both Cyclothymia and Borderline Personality Disorder in 2014. 
 
Mental health has therefore always been such an important thing to me. I shout about it whenever I get the chance, knowing that the more educated people are, the better a life with mental illness can be. Not only does the person struggling need to know what's happening to them in order to help themselves, but the people around them that have never struggled can be incredibly damaging if uneducated too. 
 
Because of this, I have created blogs, a YouTube channel, a podcast, and now even coach women on how to transform through trusting themselves and doing the inner work. 
 
Suffolk Mind is important to me because it's an extension of what I aim to do. It reaches people that I could only hope to reach, educating people all over the county with workplace workshops, counselling, support groups, key information and much more. There have been many resources and charities that I have contacted over the years to gain help myself, but Suffolk Mind has always been a go-to for me. 
 
Love Lauren x 
 
Learn more: https://www.suffolkmind.org.uk/services/ 
Courage coaching: https://www.laurensowter.co 
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