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Jacqui stars on the catwalk at Breast Cancer Care's spectacular fashion show

October 12, 2018 02:05pm
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Our wonderful colleague Jacqui Johnson looked so glamorous when she took to the catwalk at Breast Cancer Care's annual fashion show.

jacqui Johnson from Asda Hull Living took part in the Breast Cancer Care fashion show

She joined 31 other women who've had breast cancer in taking to the catwalk in the fundraising show and gala at Park Plaza venue in London, modelling a variety of different outfits.

Asda Hull Living colleague Jacqui Johnson at the Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show
Jacqui loved being on the catwalk

Jacqui was diagnosed with stage three cancer in her thirties and was supported by her family – including daughter Stephanie, who was then just eight.

After chemotherapy, Jacqui was told she probably wouldn't be able to have any more children – but is now a mum of three and grandmother of three.

Jacqui, who's 51, has worked at the store for six years. She's general merchandise section leader and always inspires colleagues to get behind our Tickled Pink campaign.

She said: "I was diagnosed 20 years ago. I noticed a lump on my right breast, went to the doctor, and it came back as an aggressive grade three tumour.

"It all happened really quickly. Within a week I'd had the operation to remove the tumour, then two weeks later I started chemotherapy. I had chemo for a year which was a long, hard slog.

"At the end of the chemo, I had 15 sessions of radiotherapy. I then had an operation to reconstruct part of my breast.

"It was very tough, but my family were fantastic throughout. My eldest daughter Stephanie is 29 and went through it with me. She was only eight at the time, but she was my rock and kept me going.

"I remarried, and was told I would never be able to have more children after going through the type of chemo I had.

"But, against all expectations, I was so lucky and conceived naturally – I had Alicia, who's 14, and Alfie, who's 13.

Asda Hull Living Tickled Pink colleague Jacqui Johnson with her family
Jacqui on holiday with her family

"Even before I joined Asda I shopped there, and as a family we always supported Tickled Pink.

"Colleagues encouraged me to get my story out there, and that led to me applying for the fashion show, even though it was something that was way out of my comfort zone.

"I was a bit nervous before the show, but it was an absolutely fabulous experience.

"As soon as I got on the catwalk, the adrenaline and excitement took over, and the nerves disappeared!

"When I was diagnosed, I wish I could have seen into the future and seen myself now with lots of kids and grandkids. It would have given me a massive boost at such a tough time.

"As soon as I got the all-clear I got a tattoo – 'fight like a girl' with the pink breast cancer ribbon replacing the i in fight.

Asda Hull Living colleague Jacqui Johnson Tickled Pink
Jacqui's inspired colleagues to support Tickled Pink

Store manager Chris Remy said: "Colleagues love Jacqui and love working for her. She's been through a lot.

"She's really passionate about everything to do with Tickled Pink, and I think she inspires colleagues here to really get behind it too. We're so proud of her appearing on the catwalk."

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