A HOPEMAN WOMAN who has battled breast cancer for five years is set for an “unforgettable” day when she takes to the stage at a top Glasgow hotel.
Sarah Carroll, 44, is sharing the stage with 21 inspirational women for a glamorous fashion show organised by Breast Cancer Care.
The event on Wednesday at the Radisson Blu Hotel will feature women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis – but demonstrate that despite the brutal effects women can still look and feel amazing following diagnosis and treatment.
“I was diagnosed in 2010,” Sarah told insideMoray, adding: “Now taking part in the Breast Cancer Care fashion show this year is something wonderful to look forward to and mark my 5th anniversary.
“This is totally out of my comfort zone as I normally don walking boots to have an adventure, not high heels – so stepping onto the catwalk in front of everyone, including the family and friends who have supported me every step of the way will be emotional.
“But it does show I’m living life to the full and have now regained confidence in my body. I would also like to raise awareness getting people to check and be breast aware.”
Earlier this week Fiona Lochhead, the wife of Moray’s MSP, revealed that she had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer after finding a lump on her breast – and urged all women to check regularly.
For Sarah it was not a lump that revealed her cancer but a small discharge of blood from her nipple. She explained: “People should know what is normal for them and then be confident in contacting their GP if anything unusual is found.
“Amongst the many emotions that come with having breast cancer, feeling isolated and lonely was one of the hardest things to deal with. Being involved in the show next week has been an opportunity for me to meet other people who have been through a similar experience.”
Sarah will be transformed head-to-toe before hitting the fashion runway, wearing a range of outfits from House of Fraser professionally styled by Ian Tod. Scotland’s luxury Boutique, Eleganza Sposa, will be creating tailored couture occasion gowns for the finale.
The models will also have their hair expertly styled by Sassoon Salons and celebrity make-up artist Sara Hill and her team will be adding the finishing touches.
The emotional and uplifting event has previously attracted names such as west-end star Darius Campbell, Zoe Tyler, and Jackie Brambles and this year promises to be just as star-studded.
The afternoon and evening shows will raise vital funds to support some of the 4,500 people diagnosed with breast cancer across Scotland each year.
Dawn Stanley, Events Project Manager at Breast Cancer Care Scotland, said “We are so proud of all our inspirational models who are starring in The Show this November.
“Taking to the catwalk is a once in lifetime opportunity for our models to enjoy some well-deserved pampering and show that it’s possible to look great and feel confident after a diagnosis of breast cancer. This event plays an important role in raising vital funds for Breast Cancer Care Scotland.”
To support Sarah and help raise vital funds to ensure that Breast Cancer Care can continue to support the thousands of people living with, through and beyond breast cancer, readers can visit Sarah’s JustGiving page.