From my photo, you can get an inkling of the effect cancer has on whole generations of family. This was taken on a rare good day during my Mam's intensive chemo-radiotherapy treatment. One of those days where you realise that you really have to make the most of it. It was a complete and terrifying shock when my Mam, who had been fit and active, was diagnosed with lung cancer last year after going to her GP surgery with some minor issues (or so we thought). She is a fighter and has done fantastically well with her treatment, but seeing what the treatment itself did to her was tough for everyone. As for my Mam, she has had to put up the fight of her life while feeling like the treatment might kill her. I would love to see a day when treatments can be more targeted and humane. A cure for all cancers would be amazing, but as we're probably a way off that yet, a step towards kinder and more tolerable treatments would make a huge difference to many lives.
Sadly it's not just my Mam in our family who has been affected by cancer, grandparents have felt its wrath, and my poor sister-in-law Denise Herron (who I'll be doing this with) lost both of her parents within a couple of weeks of each other. And of course our family is by no means unique.
Cancer is happening right now to far too many families, which is why I'm taking part in a Race for Life 5k to raise money and save lives.
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