1 in 2 of us will have a diagnosis of cancer with in our life time. This wasnt a statistic I thought of often until a close friend Hannah Ball was diagnosed at Christmas 2017 with grade 3 ER positive Breast cancer at just 36 years of age!
Hannah underwent a lumpectomy, repeat excision of margins followed by 6 cycles of chemotherapy, 4 weeks radiotherapy & has 10 yrs tamoxifen to follow. This Diagnosis came a year after the death of her brother who died of stage 4 tongue cancer. Shocking! Unthinkable! And unfair! Hannahs not on her own in her battle as I have family, friends & work colleagues who have been touched by a cancer diagnosis recently. People battling cancer are often called brave. For me the bravery is the mental test of dealing with the unknown, treatment, it’s side effects, worries about future prognosis, and all whilst tackling everyday responsibilities and smiling throughout. Hannah has shown an incredible positive mental bravery. Cancer research has contributed to Hannah’s successful treatment but is also vital to continue to fund research to prevent further deaths from a terrible disease and ultimately find a cure.
Adam and I are running the tough 10 to raise money to support research into improving treatments and hopefully finding a cure. Donating through this page is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with Cancer Research UK.