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Mum has been so inspiring, so brave & she looked so beautiful throughout treatment forcancer; REALITY TV STAR TELLS OF FAMILY'S ORDEAL; Tallia speaks out about her mother Tessa's illness as the pair launch charity campaign.

Byline: JENNY MORRISON jenny.morrison@trinitymirror.com

WHENEVER reality TV star Tallia Storm takes on a challenge, she recites her mum's life mantra in her head - Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up, Never Give Up.

Last year, Tallia starred in E4 series Celebs Go Dating and now the singer-songwriter is set to launch her debut album.

But the biggest challenge of all has been watching the mum she adores go through treatment for breast cancer.

Tallia's mother, Scottish Fashion Awards founder Tessa Hartmann, was diagnosed with breast cancer last March.

In the early stages of her mum's treatment, Tallia says she found it difficult to talk about the diagnosis.

But now, the mother and daughter want to do all they can to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Tallia, 19, who grew up in Glasgow, said: "I didn't tell anyone what was happening - it was just family and a close circle of friends who knew.

"It maybe sounds silly but when you're in the public eye, you know there are people out there who like to say horrible things. I don't care what anyone says about me, but I didn't want anyone saying anything about my family.

"My mum has been so inspiring, so brave and looked so amazingly beautiful throughout all her treatment.

"I still don't find it easy to talk about it, but I know that speaking out might encourage other women to be more breast aware."

Tessa believes she owes her life to an article she read about breast cancer just months before her diagnosis.

The PR guru, who is married to Sascha, and is also mum to Valentina, 21, Johnnie, 13, and Zach, 11, went to her GP after feeling what she describes as an area of "thickening" in her breast tissue.

She was shocked when tests revealed a stage 2 breast cancer had spread into several of her lymph nodes.

Tallia said: "I'll never forget it. I was in the sitting-room watching TV and she came in and said she'd found a sort of lump. She tried to make out it was no big deal but I could see the fear in her face.

"My mum was only 47 when she was diagnosed. There have been no other cases of breast cancer in her family so there was no genetic link and she has never smoked.

"Breast cancer is something I never thought would happen in our family - especially not to my mum, who is the person that holds everyone else together.

"It felt as if the world had stopped, yet mum remained so brave and positive - and still so full of fun."

Tessa underwent a mastectomy operation with reconstruction, followed by months of gruelling chemotherapy.

From almost the moment she was diagnosed, she changed her diet, cutting out all alcohol and sweet treats, and followed a healthy eating and juicing regime. She also started going for regular walks, and took up swimming.

Determined to tackle her illness with humour, she named her new breast "Barbra" - after actress and singer Barbra Streisand - and her old breast "Britney", joking it was "a bit 90s and in need of a lift".

Tessa didn't publicly reveal her illness until her treatment was halfway through, and was unable to stage last year's Scottish Fashion Awards, which she had created and run since 2006.

But, one year on from dreaded diagnosis, Tessa and Tallia have been invited by charity Breast Cancer Now to help launch this year's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Campaign.

Launched by Ralph Lauren in 1996, the campaign has raised more than PS15million towards breast cancer research.

This year, they have called on shoppers to "Make a Statement" against breast cancer and support Breast Cancer Now's research.

Tallia said: "Fashion really does has the power to save lives, which is the statement I'm making against breast cancer."

This week, Tessa will go to hospital for her first annual check-up since her diagnosis and the end of her successful treatment.

She is already planing the return of the Scottish Fashion Awards and said: "I feel a million dollars, probably better than I have in more than 10 years.

"My mantra throughout my treatment was, 'Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up, Never Give Up' - so, that's my statement against breast cancer, and it's a great mantra for us all."

Tessa and Tallia are supporting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2018. Shop the collection and show your support at www.fashiontargetsbreastcancer.org.uk and share your images @fashiontargetsbreastcancer #MAKEA Statement SUPPORT Tessa

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SUPPORT Tessa and hubby Sascha. During her treatment, above

INSPIRATION Tallia and mum Tessa help launch Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. Brave Tessa during her chemo, above left

HAPPY FAMILY Tessa and Sascha with kids Johnnie, Tallia, Zach and Valentina
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