Hello! I am Lisa, 36 years young, born and bred in Edinburgh and mummy to my wee 7 year old dude Cameron! I was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer ‘de novo‘ (at the same time as primary) in May of 2017. After months of crippling back pain which was blamed on pregnancy I lost movement in my right arm. I was being investigated for that as they thought it was linked to endometriosis which I had been living with since the age of 19. Breast cancer was not even a thought, let alone secondary breast cancer which I hadn’t even heard of!During some tests I noticed one of my stretch marks looked a bit strange so off I went back to the GP only to be told ‘It was nothing to worry about’ and ‘probably hormonal’. I had to push to be referred to the breast clinic and finally a ‘non urgent referral’ was put in. Off we went on our annual family trip to Center Parcs (love it!) and all thoughts of the referral were forgotten. A week later at the end of my appointment at the breast clinic, following goodness knows how many biopsies, mammograms and ultrasounds, my life changed forever as I was told I had breast cancer. Fast forward 48 hours and suddenly it was not only primary breast cancer - it had also made its way to every bone in my skeleton including my skull. Life became a rollercoaster which I can’t get off. At the time of diagnosis, the cancer had eaten through my vertebrae at C6 (neck) and T12 (spine) causing spinal cord compression. A month in hospital began as they tried to stabilise me, not only to save me from paralysis but to ensure I was strong enough for chemotherapy to start and start it did. I went through an initial 15 rounds of Paclitaxol (IV chemo) alongside Herceptin and Perjeta (HP sauce!), denosumab for the old bones and zoladex (to shut down the powerhouse that was my ovaries). In February of 2018 we were thrown another curve ball when it spread to my brain. I still struggle to find the words to explain how that felt. Brain surgery and radiation (cyberknife) took place and I moved onto Capecitabine (an oral chemotherapy drug) which I am still on (touch wood!). Since diagnosis I have undergone 12 surgeries (with number 13 scheduled for a week from now) ranging from brain, to spine and breast. I thank my lucky stars every day for my medical team who work so hard to keep me going! Living with stage 4 is tough regardless of what pictures we post of ourselves looking funky at chemo or leading a relatively ‘normal’ life between treatment. It truly does change your life in a way that you can’t explain. Learning to live with your ‘new normal’ is something that slowly you do learn to do. As a result of my diagnosis, like Kate I decided that I wanted to use my diagnosis to something to help others. I founded Make 2nds Count to give hope to those living with secondary breast cancer. Through the charity we fund research projects as well as provide support and education for those living with or affected by the disease. Kate and I were both members of the same online support group which is full of incredibly strong, beautiful women who like Kate inspire me daily to keep going and live my best life with secondary breast cancer. I have popped a link below to a couple of short videos that if you have a spare minute or two will tell you more…. Awareness Campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhInOV5NeXM&t=3s Launch Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jabQZ6dy3ow&t=19s Our Instagram accounts are - @secondarybreastcancerandme @make2ndscount
After trying everything on the market plus medication from the doctors my poor oily acne prone skin showed no improvement.
I’ve taken the plunge and started using this serum and boy I’m so happy with the results after only a week! My skin is smoother, less dry and the horrid spots are starting to go!
Being a key worker in the community and the constant hand washing and mask wearing I can honestly say my hands are much less dry and cracked after using this.
This serum is not only helping me during this current covid 19 situation but also now a life long go to for my face.
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I have struggled for years with my skin. I’ve had tablets from the doctors, I’ve spent 100s of pounds on branded skin care ranges. I’ve spent so much time of my day doing 6 step treatments to never see a result. I really have been so self conscious of my skin and even had to wear make up at the pool when I’m on holiday because I was so embarrassed. WELL. The difference my skin is now after using your serum and cleanser for 2 weeks is something I have never seen before. I have never had better skin. Thank you so much for giving me my confidence back! Wow I can’t wait to head out with no make up on! Thank you! If this is results after 2 weeks, I’m excited to see my skin after another 2 weeks!
This serum has changed my skin! I have suffered with acne since I entered my teens. I have tried every over the counter product, spent a killing and been going to the doctors and been prescribed everything but nothing ever helped or if it did it would work for A couple of weeks and my skin would get used to it and I’d be back to square one. My auntie recommended me the secret weapon serum - limited edition and decided to give it a go because what did I have to lose. I started using at the end of January and have been using religiously every AM and PM (even after a night out). At first my skin purged and I broke out a lot but I decided to stick with it which I’m glad I did because ever since I have only had a few spots at a time which is when I am due on. My skin has thanked me for this, my skin is clear and soft and I am going to purchase the original to help with my scarring as they are very stubborn, deep and old. It’s my favourite time of the day using this serum, I can’t wait to continue using. Thank you so much
I have had acne prone skin for roughly 3 years now and I’ve been searching trying to find a skincare product to help me. I tried cream from the doctors and even that didn’t help. 2 months ago I invested in the secret weapon serum and the photos speak for their self really. I’ve never felt so comfortable without concealer and foundation.
I’ve struggled with my skin for a good few years now down to severe endometriosis and my hormone levels being extremely high.
I finally began roaccutane tablets from my dermatologist and seen amazing results. Then just when I thought all was going well, I noticed a lipoma forming at the side of my eye. My dermatologist tried her best to talk me out of surgery as it will leave a big scar down my face but I also didn’t want a huge lump there either, so I made the decision for surgery. Meanwhile waiting on my appointment date to come through I heard about the secret weapon serum. I bought it and gave it a try as I’ve tried EVERYTHING ELSE in the world. To be quiet honest with you I wasn’t expecting any results as nothing has ever worked for me in the past, but day by day I was so surprised at how my skin was looking. I then noticed my lipoma has started to shrink!!
Day by day I used my serum morning and night and it come to my surgery date. I called up my dermatologist and told her I no longer need the appointment because my lipoma had GONE!!! Completely.
I couldn't believe it. This is literally worked wonders for me and I was really giving up hope. I’ve struggled for so long with this. It’s effected my confidence and my mental health and now I just feel completely brand new.
Thank you so much.
To you and the whole of the Kate McIVer team for all that you do.