December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
A brave woman is busy training for a challenging half-marathon less than a year after surviving cancer.
Laura Ashworth, 27, of Fressingfield, who was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma in Feburary last year, will run the BUPA Great North Run next week.
Ms Ashworth found out she had the blood cancer after finding a lump on her neck.
She said: “At first my GP thought that it was harmless. It was only when a second lump appeared within a day that I returned and I was sent for a full scan and biopsy. I had 17 different lymphoma tumours in my body, including one the size of a grapefruit in my chest.
“I started chemotherapy treatment and I actually consider myself quite lucky in how it affected me. I carried on working and only took 12 days off sick in six months of chemo.
“The main thing I suffered from was tiredness – I would be out in the supermarket or somewhere and not be able to continue and have to go home.”
Ms Ashworth will join more than 50,000 competitors at the BUPA Great North Run in Newcastle on September 15, where she will raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
She said: “Thankfully I am now in remission and well on the road to recovery. I was a runner before I was diagnosed, so taking on the Great North Run is a great thing to focus on and train for.
“Being diagnosed at the age of 25 was such a knock back - you think you’re invincible. The treatment has affected my lungs and I get out of breath much quicker. I want to prove to myself that I can still be fit.”
Dan Solley, head of sports events at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “We are constantly inspired by the stories of those taking part in events for the charity and the dedication of our supporters like Laura.
“Every penny raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research will help us in our mission to beat blood cancer – stopping people from dying and making patients’ lives better.”
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the official charity of the Junior and Mini Great North Runs, which take place on Saturday 14 September, the day before the adult race.
People can sponsor Ms Ashworth by visiting the website www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LauraAshworth