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This is our 11th January Annual Blue X Sale! This year we are supporting Maggies. As always our Blue X Sale is extremely popular, and I know those who have experienced it before will be itching to book in.

It’s that time of year again, January the month of our annual Blue X Sale!

Last year we managed to raise £651.22p, for Brighton Sea Cadet Corps. I received an email from them to say ‘Thank You’, and that they had their Rib (power boat) repaired and the donation covered the costs. They had done the repairs to enable them to sell the boat, which they were quoted £6,000 – £8,000 so in essence your kind donations enabled them to raise thousands for the unit

This year will be the 11th Annual Blue X Sale and we hope raise lots more. As always our Blue X Sale is extremely popular, and I know those who have experienced it before will be itching to book in.

This year we have made a slight change and that is our charity. I’m sure the Brighton Sea Cadets will understand and hopefully support our cause. This year we will be supporting Maggie’s.

First off for those wondering how a beauty salon can run a sale here is the low-down.

How Does The Blue X Sale Work?

Each week we offer a different percentage discount, the first week of January you are entitled to the highest amount and as the month moves on the percentage of discount will be reduced.

Week 1: 50% Discount
Week 2: 40% Discount
Week 3: 30% Discount
Week 4: 20% Discount

I only offer these amazing discounts once a year, it’s my chance to say thank you to all my current clients for their support and custom over the last 12 months.

It also gives current and new clients alike the chance to try new treatments at ‘can’t resist prices’. For example ever wondered what is involved in an inch loss body wrap? Why not experience it for yourself in the first week of the sale for just £27.50!

How Do I Receive My Discount Codes?

Click on our donation button below and you will be directed to our charity PayPal donation page. If making your donation prior to the discount codes being released on the 1st of January (midnight) you will receive your codes via email, if making your donation during the Blue X sale period you will find you discount codes on our website via the redirect link from PayPal.

Why Maggies?

Maggies Centre Internal Manchester

Maggie’s is a new and unique cancer centre that provides free practical, emotional and social support to not just the people with cancer but also their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

They are built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need.

The Centres are also places to find practical advice about benefits and eating well; places where qualified experts provide emotional support; places to meet other people; places where you can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea and enjoy the gardens.

The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996 and since then Maggie’s has continued to grow, with 20 Centres at major NHS cancer hospitals in the UK and abroad. For those that can’t get to one easily Maggie’s also has an Online Centre and a growing community.

Maggies Centre Manchester

In May 1993, Maggie Keswick Jencks was told that her breast cancer had returned and was given two to three months to live.

She joined an advanced chemotherapy trial and lived for another 18 months. During that time, she and her husband Charles Jencks worked closely with her medical team, which included oncology nurse, Laura Lee, now Maggie’s Chief Executive, to develop a new approach to cancer care.

In order to live more positively with cancer, Maggie and Charles believed you needed information that would allow you to be an informed participant in your medical treatment, stress-reducing strategies, psychological support and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed domestic atmosphere.

Maggie was determined that people should not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying” and the day before she died in June 1995, she sat in her garden, face to the sun and said: “Aren’t we lucky?”

In November 1996, the first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh and what Maggie had planned became real.

Our Story

It is scarce to find someone who hasn’t been effected by Cancer, the statistics are now showing 1 in 2 people will be effected. I along with many have lost, but also in the presence of friends or should I say warriors, who survived this unrelenting disease.  In April this year we had the news no one ever wants to hear, my mum Elaine was diagnosed with Cancer. It only feels like yesterday that I was just getting on the train back home from work that I called mum to see how her scan went. We both hadn’t said anything to each other prior, but we both had that gut wrenching feeling that we knew what it was. I held it together as she tried to insist that I should call when I got home, but eventually she said the words, ‘I have cancer’. Your heart sinks and your eyes bulge but instead of releasing you know you have to find that inner strength your Mum needs … So it is swallowed … Instead I ask her ‘What’s the plan!. To which she replied, ‘well we’re going to fight this Alien inside me’ . She had further tests to come on the Monday, but they had allowed her to head home for a GIN!

That weekend I was actually heading to Liverpool to teach, so a bit of fate that for a change, I could ‘easily’ go to see her and my dad. Monday came, Dad texted to say they’d got the results and I called them. She had been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, we found out later that it was borderline stage 4 and she was offered a clinical trial.

Now there a quite a few cancers out there but one I had no real idea of was Ovarian. As you may remember from our Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day in salon (8th May) the statistics aren’t particularly great. There are currently no schemes to detect this type of cancer and it can be tricky to get a GP to test you, as I discovered, as this condition can be hereditary.

Ovarian Cancer detection is hard and even with these tests there still isn’t enough evidence to prove a change in the outcome. The main test is a blood test called CA125. It measures the protein CA 125 (cancer antigen 125) which can help to look for the early signs of Ovarian Cancer. However it’s not completely accurate because many noncancerous conditions can increase the CA 125 levels. The other is a full ultrasound scan to look for anything abnormal. If you do have a family history it would be good to get a BRCA test, this to check for the gene mutation BRCA1 and BRCA2. This gene is hereditary and can be passed on, luckily for me and my brother, that eventhough it’s something my grandparents may have had due to our family history, it’s not something my mum is carrying.

So to give you some good news, Mum’s CA125 at its highest was 3008, and it’s now sitting pretty at 8! She had her operation the beginning of October, which went so much better than her doctors had expected and she had her last main chemotherapy treatment just before Christmas. She has her next scan on Friday 3rd January and starts the next stage of the treatment (we think) a week later.

Now I am lucky enough to have had and still have, an amazing partner and a whole army of ladies behind me during this time, every single one of them at some point has either called, sent a text or even popped into the salon with lunch. Firstly they all have extremely busy lives so hearing and or  seeing them is extremely humbling, but I want to thank you all, this year has been extremely tough, but having you all has made it so much more bearable, my love for you is infinite.

This is why for me Maggie’s is the perfect charity to support.

Not everyone has their own personal army and family members can be shy with giving their family information about their treatment (if your one of them, it really doesn’t help, we’d rather known, otherwise we’ll just google it! Don’t let us, it’s so much worst) Maggie’s is there to support everyone during every step.

At the Christie where Mum has been receiving her treatment the Maggie’s Centre has a beautiful garden which she’s enjoyed walking around, but they also offer Yoga Classes, Meditation Workshops, Makeup Classes and a friendly kitchen table to chat around… so much. We have two near us in London and there’s one being developed in Southampton.

A cure for Ovarian Cancer is obviously top of our agenda but this charity, Maggie’s touches more lives and hearts of clients, friends and families.

To my warriors Gemma, Melissa and my mum Elaine, you truly are an inspiration.

To my friends Jess, Zoe and Trudy there’s always a shoulder and an ‘army’ here if you need it!

Cancer may have started the fight but together we will finished it, I just hope this year’s Blue X Sale goes a little way to helping.

Thank you for reading,

Jen x

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