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Women Who Are Going Through Chemo Are Decorating Their Eyebrows For The Festive Season

BuzzFeed News spoke to the inspiring Younger Breast Cancer Network whose members decided to "provide some laughs" at this tough time.

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The women are part of the Younger Breast Cancer Network, an online support group for women in the UK and Ireland who have been diagnosed with breast cancer under age 45.

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"Going through chemo and other cancer treatment is hard," group member Sarah Perry told BuzzFeed News. "You spend so much time ill, stressed out, worried, afraid – maintaining a sense of humour and finding ways to laugh are so important."

Perry added: "Christmas can be a difficult time of year for younger women going through treatment like chemotherapy for breast cancer, especially when it is making them ill and preventing them from joining in the festive parties and celebrations."

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"Many have been finding the run-up to Christmas this year difficult, and have said they have been really glad for the distraction and the laughs," Perry said.

"Hair loss is a particularly stressful part of cancer treatment, and for many, losing eyebrows and eyelashes is worse than losing the hair on your head. It's the lack of eyebrows and eyelashes that many of us feel makes us look like a 'cancer patient'."

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The network is a place where women can chat freely about going through treatment, fertility, young families, relationships, and the feelings of isolation that come with being diagnosed at a young age.

Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rossalyn Warren at rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com.

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