Amanda Blainey talks to the extraordinary and courageous Kris Hallenga who after an incurable cancer diagnosis at the age of 23, eleven years ago, kick-started a unique breast cancer awareness charity called CoppaFeel. That was 11 years ago, Kris thankfully is still here and has been spending her time in lockdown writing her forthcoming book “How to Glitter a Turd”.
At just 23 years old Kris Hallenga was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. Kris realised that so many young women aren’t aware that they too could get breast cancer, so she started a charity called CoppaFeel! while undergoing treatment! After having a mastectomy Kris decided to get a tattoo of a tightrope walker balancing along her chest as a way to celebrate rather than hide her scar. I can't wait for you all to hear this amazing and inspiring story.
AfterThoughts was created to make visible some of the invisible cancer stories from within the young cancer community.This time, Toby and Alice are joined by Kris Hallenga. You may know Kris from her excellent work as boob chief of breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! Kris was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer when she was 23. Then she decided to change the world. We talk friends who drive through the night, the day Kris realised her work really matters and losing your prosthetic boob.Follow Kris on Twitter & InstagramFind AfterThoughts on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramAfterThoughts is supported by Trekstock. Trekstock gets young adults moving again, physically, emotionally, socially and psychologically, after cancer has stopped them in their tracks.AfterThoughts is produced by Toby Peach and Alice-May Purkiss from Beyond Arts. Sounds by Kieron Lucas.
Kristin Hallenga is a Sun columnist and founder of breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!. She received public attention after being pro led in Kris: Dying to Live, a documentary that covered her experience living with terminal breast cancer. In 2009, she won a Pride of Britain Award. Driven by the di cult experience, Kristin Hallenga and her sister Maren devoted themselves to educating young people about the dangers of late diagnosis of breast cancer. — Recorded live at the global event in Cardigan, west Wales in 2018. Watch Kris' full talk here: www.thedolectures.com/talks/kris-hallenga-live-a-life-that-you-love--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/do-lectures/message
Get the Scoop S1 Ep #4: Kris Hallenga and Coppafeel
Get The Scoop
Kris Hallenga is in the studio this week! It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, so Kris is talking to me about setting up CoppaFeel, what it was like getting diagnosed with breast cancer aged 23, plus a live demonstration on how to actually check your boobs. Love, Maura xox
Kris Hallenga is extraordinary! ...in partnership with AXA PPP healthcare
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Kris Hallenga was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer when she was just 23 years old. Within a few months following her diagnosis, she founded CoppaFeel! the breast cancer charity, to raise awareness, especially for young people, about the disease. Through her ingenuity and perseverance Kris has saved lives through CoppaFeel! She speaks openly about living with cancer over the last 10 years. Katie then talks with Carol Bremner, a dedicated nurse advisor in AXA PPP healthcare’s cancer care team, about how they can help and support people with breast cancer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
59. Kris Hallenga; Coppa Feel Campaigner on Travel Plans Scuppered and Created, Beijing, Iceland, Australia and Disney
The Big Travel Podcast
Aged just 22 Kris Hallenga returned from a trip to Beijing to be told she had incurable cancer. Ditching plans to travel the world she threw herself into building Coppa Feel, her wonderful charity. ‘Passion can take you to some incredible places’ she says, and her message HAS taken her to wonderful places - literal and metaphorical. She recently celebrated her ten year 'cancerversary' and has some inspirational words for us all about enjoying travel, enjoying life, enjoying every moment. On this episode we cover: Having just got back from Disneyland Paris Thinking Disney Orlando would be too overwhelming ‘One of the perks of having Stage 4 cancer’ is skipping the queues Mickey Mouse, Snow White and Pluto smoking a cigarette drinking wine at lunchtime Being vibrant and full of fun but living with a serious disease Taking time out when she’s not well Being natural for her to want to experience everything Her current cancer treatment Feeling much better than she has in a long time When the cancer gets to her Trying to represent herself authentically on social media How ten years of treatment has given her coping strategies Becoming the boss of her own health Celebrating her ten year ‘cancerversary’ Travel being in her blood and dear to her heart Studying travel and tourism Growing up in Germany with her sisters and mother Germany’s beautiful coast and islands Moving to England age 10 Kris and her twin Maren talking German in the playground Understanding German First mentioning the lump in her left breast on a trip to Barcelona Being on an internship in Beijing when the cancer symptoms really worsened Loving her time in China Studying Mandarin Working for a Chinese/French travel agency Crazy Beijing nights out Having to become very adult very quickly Being the only white female on the subway Feeling very alien and standing out The thrill of travel aged 22 The Beijing Olympics affecting visas Returning to England and seeing a GP Having to change her plans to teach English abroad Finally being diagnosed with incurable breast cancer How the diagnosis made her feel Being baffled and confused about cancer Thinking that this was going to be the end Managing to fly to San Francisco ten months after her diagnosis Wanting to feel like a traveller again Wanting to explore a world far removed from cancer Travelling Australia with her twin sister Inheriting the travel bug from her mother Working in apple packing factories Wolf Creek! Going on the longest bus journey in the outback Sleeping outdoors near Ayers Rock/Uluru Loving everything about Australia Buying a camper van How young travellers should ditch the boyfriend at home! Spending a lot of time in phone booths calling the boyfriend Remembering the positive things when you look back Travelling pre-technology Disappearing for weeks abroad and being un-contactable by phone Getting piggy backs from the army in Langkawi, Malaysia Falling in the water and losing all her belongings How Facetime, What’s App and social media have changed travel Setting up her charity Coppa Feel Getting the go ahead for charity status How persuading the Prime Minister’s wife to check on the charity status at Downing Street was the very rock n roll The invaluable support from celebrities for the charity Ferne Cotton’s incredible impact on awareness How being on Fearne Cotton’s podcast, Happy Place, made a huge difference How 21 year olds understandably don’t think about checking their breasts Coppa Feel’s aim to get us all checking our breasts Trekking through Iceland for the charity The magic and incredible bonds built on the treks This year’s trek through the Himalayas Being overwhelmed with applications for the trek This being the toughest and biggest one yet Sending 100 people to the Himalayas Living vicariously through the people who were there The most exhilarating moment of the Iceland trek being the end Being very tired due to cancer medication Having terrible mouth ulcers on the trek The huge sense of achievement How trekking in Iceland’s black sands feels like you’re on the moon The hardy plants that grow in this harsh environment Visiting the Blue Lagoon Happening upon the perfect waffle house Feeling particularly badass in their hired Hummer Not having been to the Maldives Loving living by the ocean in Cornwall Newquay airport flying to some great places Relaxing by the beach in Faro in Portugal Snorkelling and swimming and eating fresh fruit in the Philippines ‘Exes with benefits’ Lisa being told by a clairvoyant that she would feel at home in the Philippines Volunteering in an orang-utan conservation place in the jungle in Borneo Finding themselves on their own for a month Becoming friends with the orang-utans Bonding with Louise from Egham How she feels travel is one of the best things you can do Encouraging people with illnesses to travel if possible Travel insurance being a huge issue for people with incurable diseases Not getting special insurance The terrible health insurance issue in the US How people with cancer are more cautious and probably not a bad insurance bet Not having had any experimental treatment abroad But not ruling it out Friends having treatment in Germany and Istanbul The rise in health tourism Kris’ top 10 tips for making every day great (how she celebrated her ten year cancerversary) How we should all celebrate getting older How passion can take you to some incredible places How finding something you believe in makes life the best Dancing in the kitchen How singing and dancing can make your soul soar Dancing with her friends to Little Mix at Disney How Jack Johnson reminds her of sunny and beach-life days travelling around Australia
When Kris was just 23 years old, she was told by doctors that she had an incurable breast cancer. You'd be forgiven for thinking that this is Kris' story ends... but, ten years on, she tells Fearne that whilst it changed her life in many ways, some of them were for the better. If you would like to find out more about the charity Kris set up, CoppaFeel!, visit their website: coppafeel.org Thanks to Kris, and to the sponsors of this episode, Fiit. Discover their new offering, Fiit Free, and more about their classes at fiit.tv/blogs/get-fiit-with-fearne/
047: Kris Hallenga Has Advice that Could Save Your Life
Spartan Up! - A Spartan Race for the Mind!
How did Kris Halenga, diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at 23, with no business experience, manage to become such an admired and inspirational charity CEO? Her version of grit was a mix of passion and taking small steps that eventually added up to something spectacular. She was kind to herself along the way and is now extending that kindness to others by raising breast cancer awareness. Just as compelling is the story of how she was able to take a potentially devastating condition and use it as a foundation to build a life she loves.Lessons:1. Passion and a willingness to learn along the way can stand in for business skills in entrepreneurship.2. Don't let a challenging situation consume you but change it into something good that can help others.3. Achieving small things each day can make you happy and will soon build into a big thing.