Any Other Pink Photo {Rosie and Eric}


On Friday 5th October, bloggers are turning their blogs pink in support of Breast Cancer Care. Join them by turning a Friday pink this October!

Dress pink, eat pink, party pink or work pink. How you turn your Friday pink is up to you. It doesn’t matter how pink you go, we just need you to join the thousands who’ll be raising money during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And if a Friday doesn’t work, just pick a day that does! It doesn’t matter if you raise £20 or £200 at your Pink Friday as every penny will be help us support more people affected by breast cancer today.

SIGN UP NOW to receive your free Pink Fridays fundraising kit and help make 2012 the best year yet!

To see which blogs are turning pink for Pink Fridays, visit A Safe Mooring or follow #pinkfridays.

If you would like to support Breast Cancer Care but can’t throw a Pink Friday of your own, you can donate here.


Readers, today, we’ve gone pink. 

We have a very special Any Other Photo.  Kirsty, the brains and beauty behind brilliant blog A Safe Mooring (go and bookmark it now, please) asked us if we’d like to get involved with her project for Breast Cancer Care:  Pink Fridays.  Kirsty has mobilised a phalanx of bloggers from across the blogosphere who will all be posting on the theme of “turn your blog pink” for Pink Fridays during October.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Some posts will be directly linked.  Some will be less tangible.  All will be collaborating for the fight against breast cancer.  

We are honoured to be hosting the Any Other Photo of Kirsty’s wonderful Mum, Rosie, as written by Kirsty.  Wednesday was Rosie and Eric’s anniversary.  Those of you who follow Kirsty’s writing may know of the battle Rosie has had to fight breast cancer.  I won’t pretend to know or understand what Rosie, Eric, Kirsty, or their family has been through.  What I can do is ask you to donate to Breast Cancer Care.  As much or as little as you can. 

We’d love for you to be involved in Pink Fridays.  Is there anything you can do at work, or at home, to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness?  Cakes?  A run?  An event?  If not, we want to make it as easy for you to take part as possible,  and  you can donate here

Here is a brilliant explanation of what your money buys

Please give what you can.

Over to you, Kirsty:



This picture was taken outside the registry office in Edinburgh, just after my mum was presented with the coveted title of Miss SNP 1980 (hence the trophy. Don’t ask). I don’t know if it’s their favourite photo of the day, but it’s mine. I love the dress, bought from the eveningwear department of a landmark Edinburgh store, without even a hint of 80s meringue. I love the smiles. I love the cars. I even love my dad’s ridiculous hair. 

My parents may not be the most romantic or lovey-dovey, and God knows there have been ups and downs over the last three decades, but if there’s one thing they’re good at – and one thing that shines out from this photograph – it’s not taking life too seriously. Even when life is hitting you with everything it’s got.

Wednesday was my parents’ wedding anniversary. They’ve been married for 32 years.

Today they are at the hospital, waiting for the latest round of scan results. My mum, Rosie, has been living with secondary breast cancer for three years and six months.

Happy anniversary, mum and dad. Here’s hoping the doctor has a belated anniversary present for us all.

(Secondary breast cancer is when breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. It can be managed with treatment, sometimes for years, but it cannot be cured. To find out more about Breast Cancer Care’s campaign to shine a spotlight on secondary breast cancer, please visit this explanation on the Breast Cancer Care website.)


Categories: Any Other Photo, Health
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  1. Posted October 5, 2012 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    I really hope today’s trip to the hospital goes well. Thank you so much for sharing this photo, and I’ll definitely be hunting down all the Pink Friday posts – what a wonderful idea Kirsty.

  2. Carly
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Great photo & here’s hoping for good news.


  3. Posted October 5, 2012 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    Totally see where you get your sense of style now from Kirsty, your mum’s dress is AMAAAAZING. Crossing my fingers for you all today.


    • Posted October 5, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

      Isn’t it – soooo stylish! Who’d have thought it was the 80s!?

  4. Posted October 5, 2012 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    Huge good luck wishes for the results today, I hope they are what you are all hoping for!

  5. Posted October 5, 2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    I love this photo. Everything I learn about your mum just makes her seem incredible. You are too. Will keep you all in my thoughts today xx

  6. Posted October 5, 2012 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Wow that is a gorgeous dress! Who’d have thought it?
    Cancer is super crap. Sending loves. xx

  7. Posted October 5, 2012 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    What a cool dress, and you look so much like your mum! I love my blog in pink :)
    Hope the results are good x

  8. Frances
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Such a lovely photo of happiness and having each other for love, laughter and support – and it goes without saying I love your mum’s beautiful dress.

    Good luck today – I hope the results are what you’re hoping for x

  9. Posted October 5, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Crying, at a desk in a strange office in Poole where I don’t know anyone. Hope you all got good news K (well as good as possible anyway). x

  10. Gemma C-S
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    This is such a beautiful tribute to your parents Kirsty. I lost my mum to breast cancer, and the sooner no more mums or daughters or sisters or wives are lost to this horrific disease, the better. Everything crossed for good news today xxx

    • Posted October 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much, Gemma. I didn’t realise you had lost your mum to breast cancer. It really is a shitty disease, isn’t it?

  11. jennycake
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    I went to the Breast Cancer Care Show in London on Wednesday to support my MIL who got her 5 years all clear this week. Really hope your mum has some good news coming her way today too Kirsty. And that photo is amazing!

  12. Posted October 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    The results are in, and it’s good news! (Well, relatively speaking – no miracle cures here, but slow and steady is fine by me.) Thanks so much for all your good wishes and kind words. You rock.

    • jennycake
      Posted October 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Permalink


      • Becca
        Posted October 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

        Kirsty, Fin, Rosie and Eric….SO SO SO (bold type) DELIGHTED for you

        Have an excellent weekend with pink champagne.

        I don’t have a blog but I’m wearing pink knickers today. Overshare

    • Posted October 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      YES YES YES!!!!!

    • Lara Blue
      Posted October 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Glad to hear it :) I’ve had a lot of people close to me affecting by cancer (although not breast cancer) so although I don’t have a blog to turn pink, I shall be donating some money today! Thanks for this AOP- your Mom’s dress and your parents’ smiles are awesome

    • Posted October 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      I’m so pleased to hear that!! I love the picture – genuine smiles make the absolute best pictures. Your mum’s dress is beautiful! xxx

  13. Rach M
    Posted October 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Glad it’s good news Kirsty. I know a lot of the staff at Breast Cancer Care and I know they work tirelessly to do all they can to raise as much money as possible. Your story is a real inspiration to get fundraising.
    Rach x
    ps- Love the pic! Your Mum’s dress is AMAZING.

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