Cancer survivor urges people to get screened

Anne Nelson and Tracey Martin are preparing for the annual Mini Moonlight Walk in Cookstown which takes place on 20th September.

Anne Nelson and Tracey Martin are preparing for the annual Mini Moonlight Walk in Cookstown which takes place on 20th September.

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THIS year’s Mini Moonlight Walk for Action Cancer is just around the corner, so why not sign up and get involved.

The walk this year will be on 20th September 2013, registration will commence at 8.00pm and the walk will commence at 9.00pm, leaving the Methodist Hall, the route will be the same as last year, approx 5 miles around the town.

Anne Nelson, 52 is a survivor of cancer herself, she lives just outside Cookstown with her husband Trevor, she has two daughters and one son, Anne recalle the moment she first discovered she had cancer.

“In October 2005 I saw a bright pink advert for Action Cancer in this local paper. I read that they screened women aged 40 - 49, and as I was coming 45 that year I thought I should go and get checked out. The next day my colleague and I made our appointments for 2 November. It was a week later that I received an envelope from Action Cancer referring me to a hospital for further screening. My scan showed these two little black areas. I then had a number of biopsies and a core biopsy – the results of which wouldn’t be available for four days. It was the longest weekend of my life.

“I got a phone call from the hospital asking me to come down the next day for my results. It was my 45th birthday that day.

The doctor told me that I had two cancer tumours on my left breast but they were both small and had been detected early. If I had even waited another six months things would have been very different. I agreed to go for the surgery on 23 December.

“On 6 January 2006 I was told the cancer had spread to the glands under my arm. I needed more surgery and then three forms of treatment: chemotherapy, radiotherapy and the cancer tablet. Although it was incredibly hard at times I got through it with the prayers of friends and family. Life is back to normal for me and my family. I celebrated both my 50th birthday and five years free of cancer in 2010 and am still free of Cancer after a recent check up in July 2013.”

Since recovering from cancer Anne told the MAIL that she feels she owes a lot to Action Cancer,.

“I feel I owe my life to Action Cancer because if it hadn’t been for their screening programme I might not be here to tell my story,” said Anne.

“I strongly recommend ladies to avail of this screening programme it’s completely free for all ladies in the age group 40 – 49 and 70+.

“For this reason I got involved with Action Cancer Cookstown Group and for the past 4 years have helped to organize this Moonlight Walk to raise money for this very worth while Charity so please come along and support Tracy and I on 20th September.”

All those completing the walk will receive a T-shirt and refreshments on route; this year there is a voucher for B&B for two in the Europa Hotel for the best costume- judged on the night .

All participants raising over (£100 excluding gift aid) will be entered into a free draw on the night to win B&B for two in the Culloden Hotel.