Getting a diagnosis of breast cancer can be terrifying. One of the first thoughts that ran through my mind 8 years ago when I found a lump was ‘Am I going to die?’ It’s often the first question my patients asked me when I told them they needed chemo. You could say it’s a ridiculous question to ask, as we are all going to die at some point, but the fear of dying from breast cancer is real. This week’s guest, Kris Hallenga, has been living with that fear for the last 14 years. She’s the founder of CoppaFeel and author of ‘Glittering a Turd’, and I know she’s an inspiration to many of you. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer when she was only 23, and she’s achieved more in those years than many of us do in a lifetime.

If you want to find out more about Kris and her work, you can find her here: 

Instagram – @howtoglitteraturd

Website – How To Glitter a Turd

Her book – Glittering a Turd

Her podcast – Glittering a Turd 

Her charity – CoppaFeel

You can also learn more about funerals and living funerals via Legacy of Lives 

If you want to read more of  Donna Ashworth’s poems, her new book ‘Wild Hope’ is available in all online bookstores. You can find out more about Donna on her website, or follow her on Instagram and Facebook

If you’ve got a question for me, then please get in touch online or send me a voice note. You can find me on social media (see below), or e-mail me at

If you want to find out more about breast cancer whilst you’re waiting for the next episode to drop, you can watch the videos on my YouTube Channel @DrLizORiordan or read my book ‘The Complete Guide to Breast Cancer: How to Feel Empowered and Take Control’

If you’re nosey and want to find out more about my life, my memoir  ‘Under The Knife’ – is available in all good bookshops.

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