Fashion Designer Camilla Franks Diagnosed With Breast Cancer
Camilla Franks, the woman behind the popular designer fashion label Camilla, has been diagnosed with breast cancer just three months after giving birth to her first child.
The 42-year-old revealed her diagnosis on Wednesday morning in a statement to her staff, saying that she is undergoing treatment from “one of Australia’s leading oncologists” and that she is determined to fight the Cancer head on.
“I start on this journey humble but resilient; I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared but I am fearlessly determined to do whatever it takes by focusing on my body, mind and spirit as I take my first trusting steps towards recovery.
“As you know, my beautiful daughter Luna arrived a few months ago, and it is her smile and warmth that remind me this is a challenge I will embark on with courage - for her and my fiancé as well as myself. With the incredible love and support of my little family I have no doubt I will be a this.
“I am so grateful for those around me, who have already been such an amazing support to me following this news.”
This year, 18,000 women in this backyard of ours will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Today, I am one of them. Like anyone who has felt the unrelenting terror of being diagnosed, cancer was certainly never part of my plan. It’s something that JP and I have spent the last few days trying to process and confront. Like all life’s adversities, we are choosing to unite and face this one with acceptance, endurance and love. This is the only way – and I have the best kind of love by my side. As you know, my beautiful Luna Gypsy arrived only a few months ago, and it is her joy and warmth that remind me that this is a journey I will embark on with courage – for her and for us. The world of CAMILLA will continue to shine brightly, and while I won’t be stepping away completely, I know my tribe will continue to dance and bloom in my short absence. While I know I have your love and support, I also kindly request personal privacy whilst I enter the battlefield. This by no means is an easy chapter, but one I hope to share with you all once I am back on track. Love Milla xx
Fashion Week Australia kicks off next week and Franks is lined up to close the industry event with a display of her colourful kaftan designs.
A spokeswoman for the brand said that the show will still go ahead but it is not yet clear whether Franks will attend. The brand’s CEO, Jane McNally, also released a statement saying that the whole company will support her through her fight.
“We have no doubt that Camilla will face the challenging weeks ahead with her usual determination and exceptional fighting spirit. The love and support of her entire tribe is with her always.”
Franks’ diagnosis comes after she overcame a battle with Bell’s Palsy, a nerve paralysis disease, back in 2013.