A woman’s fight with breast cancer has been detailed in a new blog - and here’s a taste of her emotional story.
Julie Honey, 55, from Peterlee, was diagnosed in June last year with ductal carcinoma in situ, an early form of breast cancer.
At the time, her daughter Lauren, 21, had flown home from Hong Kong to be by her side.
The mum of two, who is a social worker, underwent a mastectomy of the left breast with lymph node clearance in July.
She was booked in to start six sessions of chemotherapy in August, followed by radiotherapy in the New Year.
The emails she sent Lauren have now taken on a life of their own and are part of a blog that Julie las launched for World Cancer Day today.
The blog, which can be found at chemobabe2015.blogspot.co.uk, details Julie’s experience during her diagnosis, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which she completed on January 22.
Lauren, who is an Ambassador for Cancer Research UK, said: “There’s been a lot of cancer in our family and we know only too well the importance of research.
“I supported Cancer Research UK before my mum was ill and now it’s all the more important that we unite and pick up a Unity Band and wear it with pride on February 4.”
They are joining leading cancer charities Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation, who have joined forces for World Cancer Day.
Together, their aim is to unite the nation and help transform the lives of millions of people affected by the disease.
The Unity Bands are available from each charity in their own colours at www.worldcancerday.co.uk for a suggested donation of £2.
All money raised from the Unity Bands will go towards the charities’ individual research projects and support services.
Lisa Millett, Cancer Research UK spokesperson for North East, said: “World Cancer Day provides an opportunity for people in our region, all across the UK and beyond to unite and show that together we can do something about cancer.”
“Wearing a Unity Band is a simple way to show your support and a small action taken by many people really can make a huge difference.”
n For more information and to find out where to get a Unity Band, visit www.worldcancerday.co.uk