Australian fashion designer Camilla Franks announces cancer diagnosis

By Stephanie Nuzzo May 9, 2018
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“I would be lying if I said I wasn't scared”

Australian designer and creative director of hugely popular label CAMILLA, Camilla Franks, today announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

The 42-year-old fashion mogul shared an emotional update to Instagram to announce the news. In the photo, Franks poses with her four-month-old daughter and partner JP Jones.


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As the caption, she wrote:

“This year, 18,000 women in this backyard of ours will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 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"

In an additional statement shared via The Daily Mail, Franks revealed that she would be approaching the journey ahead fearlessly, but that she is obviously quite scared:

"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," she said. 

The CEO of CAMILLA Jane McNally, gave a statement on the update shared by The Daily Mail:

“We have no doubt that Camilla will face the challenging weeks ahead with her usual determination and exceptional fighting spirit,” she said.

“The love and support of her entire tribe is with her always.

“Over the last twelve months we've been focused on rapid expansion plans for the business and Camilla is entrusting us to continue this journey while she undergoes her treatment.”

Wishing Franks the speediest of recoveries. 

Image: Instagram