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Rebuilding Body Confidence after Cancer with Leanne Pero

Meet Leanne Pero

Leanne (She/her) - Black British

Diagnosed in 2016 - Aged 30 - Stage 3 Breast Cancer

The world I want begins within me. The way you speak to yourself matters. Never let your fear decide your fate.


Check out Leanne's guide to rebuilding body image after cancer.

At the age of 30, just months after my mum had finished treatment for breast cancer for the second time, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy.

"It completely shattered my world. I have never felt as bad as I did for those three months but not just because of the chemo, for how I felt in myself.

I was given the all clear and all of my scans since have been clear but the recovery from cancer has been immense. Breast cancer robbed me of everything that society tells us makes you a woman and I lost my sense of self-worth.

Journaling and daily gratitude practice helped me to find even the smallest of things to be grateful for. In turn, this helped me to find the power in my own body.

Re-building doesn’t mean that it needs to look the same as it did before, the fact is that it just won’t…but the new body image that you find will be so much more powerful than it ever was.

It will take time, but that’s ok…after all Rome was not built in a day."


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