Rachel's Story

Just Keep Swimming 

I was first diagnosed at the age of 41. Then again at 42. Shocking isn't it?! I had breast cancer in both my breasts and my lymph nodes. My cancer was aggressive and so was my treatment plan. I have had a double mastectomy with no reconstruction, that choice was taken away from me as I needed radiotherapy. So far I have had 3 surgeries and 11 chemotherapy treatments (1 more to go) and 15 radiotherapy treatments (15 more to go). I also had my ovaries removed as I have a BRCA1 genetic mutation.

Living breast free isn't a choice I made but I live confidently with it, it's the reality of the aftermath of Breast Cancer. My new normal. I'm still sporty, I LOVE to swim. You will still spot me in a bikini!

My husband and I both like to run in various events to raise money for Breast Cancer Care as they have been so amazing for me, I really want to give back to the charity. We have raised over £2000 so far. He has run in 5 half marathons in the last 12 months and I have run in three 5km events, all during chemo.
I came last in one, it was after my second chemotherapy treatment this year but as I ran past my supporters I shouted "I'm winning" and let me tell you - I am.