Aug 10 2012 by Jackie Grant, Dumfries Standard Friday
WHEN Dumfries mum Shenagh Davidson is strutting her stuff on a Glasgow catwalk next month, the friends she’s lost to cancer will be firmly in her thoughts.
Because the 41-year-old from Newbridge knows the pain and fear they suffered before losing their brave battle against breast cancer.
Shenagh considers herself “one of the lucky ones” who survived the frightening disease.
And she’s determined to show other women that they can look and feel amazing after a diagnosis.
On September 27, she’ll be taking part in the Breast Cancer Care Scotland’s Fashion Show at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel, celebrating 10 years of an incredible occasion.
Along with 19 other exceptional and inspiring models, Shenagh will be styled in a range of outfits by House of Fraser and be transformed with a top-to-toe makeover expertly applied by Benefit before they take to the catwalk.
Two shows take place, one afternoon and one evening, with the aim of raising money to support the 48,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer every year across the UK.
When Shenagh was diagnosed with breast cancer around three years ago, she said it was “like being hit with a brick”.
Her beautiful baby boy was only nine-months old when her life was turned upside down.
A double mastectomy and reconstruction in 2010 followed and she’s since had various follow-up operations in a bid to reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.
She received support from charity Breast Cancer Care during that tough time and that’s one of the reasons she’s taking part in the fashion show.
“I was totally unaware that someone of my age could contract this horrible disease and I know that many others feel the same way”, she said. It’s so important that you get diagnosed straight away if you find a lump and there is some wonderful help out there.
“The staff at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and the Western General in Edinburgh are incredible and, together with the charity Breast Cancer Care, I cannot thank them enough.
“I consider myself one of the lucky ones.
“My little boy Jai will be four on August 15 so we are both very excited about that.
“He has been my inspiration and strength over the last three years and has helped me so much.
“I love him with all my heart.
“I’m so excited and honoured to have been selected to model at the fashion show and I’m delighted that family and friends will be there to support me on the night.
“I want to raise awareness that the disease can strike younger people.
“I have made many wonderful friends through Breast Cancer Care, but sadly not all of them are here today.
“I’m taking part in this show in memory of Hazel and Sharon who weren’t as lucky as me, but also to prove that there can be life after being diagnosed with breast cancer.”
Ticket prices for the show start at £60 and details can be found at: www.breastcancercare.org.uk/scottishfashionshow.