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ABCF – Book on Helen Muscat’s life

A charming book ‘Her Way – Helen’s Inspiration to Life’, written by Ingrid Zerafa for the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF), documents Helen’s approach to life through many testimonials. As everyone who knew her would confirm, she was renowned for her charismatic character, integrity, mindfulness, and positive and practical approach towards life.

Helen lost her battle to breast cancer in October 2013. She lived with the disease for nine years and it was during this time that Helen turned her ill-health into an opportunity to improve breast care and cancer treatment for other women in Malta. She co-founded The Breast Care Support Group and later ABCF, where she lobbied for a free national breast screening programme in Malta, free Herceptin, an improved breast prosthesis and free bra for every woman who goes through a mastectomy, and facilitated the first PhD research in breast cancer at the University of Malta.

When Helen established contacts in Europe, ABCF joined HEAL and became an effective advocate for tackling environmental issues. She focused on the use of chemicals in everyday lives, including make-up and cleaning agents that may trigger breast cancer. She is quoted in the book from one of her many interviews on this theme: "Unfortunately, gone are the glorious days when cleanliness was guaranteed with the use of bicarbonates and vinegars which are safe as houses to use."

‘Her Way’ is published by Horizons in Malta. Proceeds from sales will be given to ABCF and used for professional counselling and psychological support for breast cancer patients, their families and significant others. Further information available by sending an email to Esther Sant

Originally posted on 9 June 2015

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