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Featured Blogger of the Week – Young, Wild and Fibroblastic

Welcome to the thirteenth of our Featured Blogger series. This is a space that showcases all of you awesome bloggers in Manchester and the North. All you “WeBloggers” 🙂

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FEATURED BLOGGER OF THE WEEK – Young, Wild and Fibroblastic

Name: Lydia Brain

Blog URL:

Twitter followers: 182

Instagram followers: 175

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for about 6 weeks, so very fresh off the block! Things have been a bit of a whirlwind since my first post and I have also written an article for Babe and The Tab, as well as talking on BBC 5 Live and the Victoria Derbyshire show. I am really enjoying blogging and I’m very excited to see where it takes me.

Why did you decide to start your blog?

I was diagnosed with a rare uterine tumour in November 2016 and since then I have found that young adults with cancer aren’t well represented. With us being quite a small minority it struck me how many stereotypes and expectations I had from media representation of people with cancer which I found restrictive and oppressive. I wanted to write about the issues I had come up against and be very honest and frank about what it is like having cancer in your 20s, with no subject off limits. I had also begun some advocate work for a few charities and thought starting a blog and writing for them is a great way to get involved and help with their campaigns to raise awareness.

What do you hope to achieve for your blog in 2017?

I hope to reach more people (both with and without cancer) and write articles that either resonate with them or open their eyes to our world. I hope to help some other young adults in a similar situation to me feel less alone and supported in our community. I am excited to develop my writing skills and create powerful, emotive pieces. I would also like to promote the causes I support (Trekstock, a charity for young adults with cancer, and GRACE, a charity for gynaecological research). Advocating and championing their work to raise awareness of the issues faced by young adults with cancer.

What is your favourite social media channel & why?

I’m a huge Twitter fan, I love its ability to start huge debates and discussions across the world and putting people in touch from any walk of life. There is always something on Twitter to make me giggle, one of my favourite days at work ever was when the David Cameron pig head story came out, Twitter was on fire!

Who is your blogging inspiration?

I am a huge fan of The Pool, more of an online magazine than a blog but the writers at The Pool are certainly my biggest inspiration. They always write with such honesty about important matters that mean something to real women. Their articles breakdown stereotypes and taboos which is what I am trying to achieve with my blog. It is so refreshing to read such a varied range of content because I (just like a lot of other women) am interested in both politics and make up!

What is the one piece of advice you’d give other bloggers & aspiring bloggers?

Don’t be afraid to write anything! The more powerful and moving pieces are the ones that are completely honest and true to the writer. No opinion or emotion is ever wrong, feel free to explore every nook and cranny of your psyche. Someone somewhere will read it and it will resonate true with them.

Fun/Random fact about you:

I have an irrational fear of stairs.

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Holly Wood

Holly is a 20 something Londoner living in Manchester. She blogs about food, life, weddings and a whole lot more. You can read her blog at HollyGoesLightly