Co Antrim wife Debbie Woods with her late mother Deirdre Whyte who died of breast cancer on September 11, 2022

Deirdre Whyte, mother of three from Glengormley, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020.

Elle Deirdre underwent a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer and used the Cancer Focus bra fitting service to feel and look her best to prepare for her daughter’s wedding.

Weeks after Deirdre attended her bra fitting, she was admitted to hospice for treatment and died peacefully on September 11, 2022.

Deidre’s daughter Debbie talks about her mother’s strength and determination throughout her battle with breast cancer, and the importance of seeing your GP if something is wrong.

“My mum has had a difficult journey since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020.

“She would never let cancer stop her from doing the things she loved, spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

“She showed great determination and strength through this horrible disease.

“My mom fought it all the way and saved all her strength for my wedding day and she looked like a million bucks!

“I’m so glad she was able to create more great memories with the time she had left.”

Debbie said she hopes her mother’s story underscores the importance of always getting symptoms checked if you feel something is wrong.

“No matter what life throws at you, get up every morning be grateful and make every second count,” she added.

Deirdre’s son, Andrew, also remembers his mother’s strength throughout her difficult journey with breast cancer.

He said: “My mum was my best friend and someone I could count on morning, noon and night.

“Despite being at the hospice, it was a privilege to be there by his side.

“My sister’s wedding was something she put all her energy into making sure she attended and is a testament to her strength and positive mental attitude. She was one of a kind and I have a lot of lucky and lucky to call her my mother.”

Cancer Focus NI is calling on all women in Northern Ireland to get involved in their latest Girls’ Night In campaign to raise vital funds for breast cancer services in October.

The Girls’ Night In campaign also emphasizes knowing “your normal” and looking for signs and symptoms of breast cancer that could save your life.

Rosie Forsythe, Head of Corporate and Community Fundraising, Cancer Focus NI, said: “One in 10 women in Northern Ireland is diagnosed with breast cancer, the most common cancer in women.

“About 1,450 local women are diagnosed here every year.

“The support from local people across Northern Ireland has been overwhelming and we couldn’t be more grateful.

“Funds raised so far have helped us launch our Thrive Community, a group

specifically for young women diagnosed with breast cancer to share their experiences after a diagnosis that drastically changes their hopes and plans for the future.

“This year we are raising funds for our breast cancer services which are essential in providing local women with the support they need, when they need it.

“With services such as counselling, art therapy, bra fitting services, family support and peer support in our Thrive and Focus friend groups, our unique offering makes a real difference for women who are going through one of the most difficult periods of their lives.

Deirdre used the Cancer Focus bra fitting service to feel and look your best to prepare for her daughter’s wedding and said it had “really lifted her spirits” after her breast surgery.

Rosie Forsythe added: “So get involved in October and have lots of fun with your friends and have a girls night out and you can help us support women here in Northern Ireland.”

Cancer Focus NI says Girls’ Night In is the perfect opportunity to bring your girls together for movie night, brunch, coffee morning, karaoke night – the possibilities are endless!

The first symptom of breast cancer that most women notice is a lump or area of ​​thickened tissue in their breast.

Most breast lumps aren’t cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked out by a doctor.

You should see a GP if you notice any of the following:

* a new lump or area of ​​thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before

*a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts

*a discharge of liquid from one of your nipples

* a lump or swelling in one of your armpits

* a change in the look or feel of your skin, such as wrinkles or dimpling, rash or redness

* a rash (such as eczema), scabs, scaly or itchy skin or redness on or around your nipple

* a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as sinking into your breast

Breast pain is usually not a symptom of breast cancer.

It is important to be aware of the chest so that you notice any changes as soon as possible.

Get to know what is normal for you – for example, your breasts may look or feel different at different times in your life.

This will make it easier to detect potential problems.

*You can find out more about the campaign and how to sign up to host your own Girls Night In in October by visiting

https://cancerfocusni.org/event/girlsnightin2022/