The summer of 2018 changed my life for ever. On the morning of June 9th (exactly one year before this year's Race for Life) I found a lump in my breast and was soon diagnosed with Breast Cancer. In August I commenced a very gruelling course of Chemotherapy which took me through to the end of November. One of the drugs administered in my treatment had only been available for a few months - and would never have been available were it not for cancer research. At the beginning of January 2019 I had a lumpectomy and removal of 13 lymph nodes from my arm pit. In March and April I underwent a course of 20 radiotherapy sessions on my breast, and 15 radiotherapy sessions on the lymph node areas in my arm pit and lower neck. Due to the amazing work of the team at the North Wales Cancer Centre and due to the drugs administered to me, life looks positive once more and I can plan for a future .... a future I didn't know I would have just a few months ago.
Cancer is happening right now, and it can affect anyone, which is why I'm taking part in the Rhyl Race for Life 5k to raise money and save lives. I have taken part in this event several times over the years, in memory of loved ones and surviving friends. This year will be different, it will be a personal thank you from myself and my family that I am still here.
1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Cancer is cruel, and it is not fussy on who it chooses to affect next. Every single pound you donate makes a difference to Cancer Research UK’s groundbreaking work, if you possibly can, please sponsor me now so that further research can continue.
Thank you so much.