Mum and Dad took my brother Louis, my older sister Tess, and me out to dinner. We hardly ever went out to dinner as a family unless it was a special occasion, so I was 39 . Over dinner, they broke the news to us that Mum had been diagnosed with breast cancer. We all just sat there, completely stunned. Louis, Tess and I all 40 the news in different ways, probably because of our ages. My sister was in her sulky teenage stage, so she got angry about it. My brother did the usual boy thing of shutting out his emotions. Luckily for us, Mum and Dad were both very strong about it. They made it clear that while the tumor in Mum’s breast was 41 and therefore serious, she still had a very good chance of beating it. She decided to have the breast with the cancer removed immediately. 42 , Mum’s operation was a complete success. After the worst of her treatment was over, Mum got involved with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). She became a (an) 43 so she could help raise money..