What Nicky Newman wanted you to know about before she died

Nicky Newman leaves behind an inspiring legacy (Picture: Dave Benett/Getty Images; @nicknacklou)

Influencer, Nicky Newman, was known for her positive outlook on life, despite battling stage four breast cancer.

But after living with the disease for over five years, her family shared the heartbreaking news on social media that she had passed away, aged 35.

In a post written by Nicky before her death, she wrote: ‘If you’re reading this it means I have died… the cancer eventually took over and that’s okay, we knew this would happen.’

She continued: ‘Please promise me to cherish those around you and give your friends and loved one the biggest squeezes! GO GRAB LIFE! You never truly know what is coming around the corner – so don’t take anything for granted.’

After her diagnosis in April 2018, Nicky took to Instagram to share her journey and raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

She posted guides on ‘how to check your tattas’, encouraging her followers to check for lumps, bumps and changes once a month – every month.

If found early, breast cancer is treatable – so it’s important to get to know your body, and what is normal for you.

So, if you do one thing to honour Nicky’s legacy, pop a reminder in your calendar to check your boobs once a month – and make sure you actually do it.

Here’s the Nicky recommended routine for checking your breasts…

  1. Check with a flat hand in circular motions
  2. Don’t forget to check your armpits
  3. Move along to your collar bone and chest plate
  4. Next: Nipples, look for inversions/discharge
  5. Look: In front of a mirror helps, look for change in size, shape, skin dimpling and rashes

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Nicky in March this year (Picture: David M. Benett/Hoda Davaine/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

She also added a handy checklist of points to remember:

  • Check those tattas every month
  • Early detection saves lives
  • Notice anything off, get checked by a GP
  • Most lumps are normal but need checking out
  • Check 7/10 days post period
  • Get to know your normal
  • Try to check at the same time each month
  • Check standing up, laying down, upside down, however is comfortable for you

Nicky had metastatic breast cancer, meaning it had spread to other parts of the body.

She also shared a guide on the signs and symptoms of secondary breast cancer to be aware of:

  • Ongoing headaches that don’t get better with pain medication
  • Persistent dry cough or shortness of breathe
  • Swellings or feeling uncomfortable in your tummy
  • Blurred vision, loss of balance, numbness in legs or arms
  • Extreme fatigue or tiredness
  • New lumps in your tatta, under arm or collarbone
  • Painful bones/joints that doesn’t improve with painkillers, pain also may be worse at night
  • Loss of appetite/weight

If you notice any changes, contact your GP – it’s always better to get things checked out.

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