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Pretty In Pink
Letts Breast Cancer Campaign Diary
Member Name: kitschkitty
Letts Breast Cancer Campaign Diary
Advantages: Useful page a day diary, colourful and durable binding, supports a worthy cause
Disadvantages: I have to wait until 2009 to start using it properly!
A review about a diary may seem a slightly strange choice, but since the Breast Cancer Campaign is a charity close to my heart, I feel compelled to share my new purchase with you. Working as an MDT Coordinator for breast cancer has given me a new obsession in all products sold in aid of breast cancer charities. From the magnet on my fridge, to my keyring, to the ribbon brooch on my winter coat, the theme is easily apparent. So when I was searching for a birthday present for a friend, I was instantly drawn to the Letts 2009 diary which is sold in support of Breast Cancer Campaign.
Having just returned from a conference on breast cancer, I am reliably informed that incidences of breast cancer on the increase. This is mostly due to an ageing population which leads to 1 in 12 women over the age of 80 developing the disease. The introduction of screening has also increased detection of the disease. That said, the prospects aren't entirely bleak with survival rates also increasing over the years. Again, screening has played an important role in this due to early detection as well as improved treatments and the introduction of the MDT (Multi Disciplinary Team) in the planning of care.
My job involves working closely with surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and breast care nurses to track patient's diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. On a more personal level, I have had friends recently diagnosed with breast cancer and also lost my grandmother to the disease.
Breast Cancer Campaign is a charity which funds research which aims to provide a better understanding of how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure. For each Letts breast cancer diary sold, £1 is donated to this worthy cause.
So now I've given you some background, I ought to talk about the diary itself! I was instantly attracted to this diary due to its pink leatheresque binding and the embossed flower design on the cover. It wasn't until I picked it up for closer inspection that I discovered sales of the diary supported Breast Cancer Campaign. At £9.99, it isn't the cheapest of diaries so I needed to ensure that it was suitable for my needs so I had a flick through.
Inside, you'll find a page a day diary for 2009 with Saturdays and Sundays sharing one page. The diary is A6 in size which gives me enough room to fit in birthdays, meeting dates and any other useful information. On the odd occasion I'm invited out, it's sure to jotted down. The page edges are silver and there's a pink ribbon to mark a particular page or date if required.
The diary is also packed with useful information. Much of it is pertinent to the breast cancer cause Letts support but there are also other facts and sections of use. This includes Breast Cancer Campaign Information, Advice and Helplines, Health Matters Information, Clothing Size Chart, Notable Dates, Calendars, Current Year Planner, Day to Page Diary Portion with Notes Section, Forward Year Planner and Addresses. The back page focuses on how to be breast aware and is a handy little guide explaining what changes to look out for in your breasts.
Despite my affiliation with causes relating to breast cancer, I wouldn't have purchased this diary based solely on that. The cover is stylish and sophisticated whilst the pink still maintains an element of fun. The page a day feature means there's plenty of space to make notes and keep appointments whilst the A6 size means it's still compact enough to carry around in my handbag on a daily basis. In fact, I was so enamored by this diary that I promptly purchased three, one for me and one for each of my school friends who were visiting that weekend.
When they unwrapped their gifts, the Letts diaries went down a storm and we promptly set about filling in each other's birthdays and a few weekends when we have promised to get together again. Whilst I'm sure they wouldn't have openly admitted to hating my choice, my friends seemed over the moon with their new sleek diaries and I'm sure we'll all be pretty in pink over the coming year. In fact, the only downside I have to this diary is the fact I can't start using it properly until next year!
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