In October 2019, at the age of 43 I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. My diagnosis was unexpected and was a huge shock to my family and I. My husband and I have two small children and my biggest fear on hearing of my diagnosis was whether I would be around to see my children grow up.
On 6th January 2020 I underwent major surgery. The oncology team at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester were fantastic and I was extremely well cared for.
Histology following my surgery confirmed that the cancer had been caught at a very early stage and I have not needed any further treatment. I am enormously thankful for the medical care that I've received and for the life that I have ahead of me.
I have taken up running over the past couple of months as part of my recovery and to help manage some of my post operative symptoms. I'm not a natural runner but I've found it's really helped my physical and mental health, especially during lockdown. Running 5k might not be the longest distance but for me it represents a significant milestone in the road I've travelled over the past year.
I feel very grateful to have had my cancer treatment pre Covid. However I'm well aware of the impact that Covid has had upon cancer diagnosis and research.
That's why I'll be taking part in a Very 2020 Race for Life. Every pound you can donate will go towards Cancer Research UK’s work, so I'd really appreciate your sponsorship.