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Cancer battler Michelle Kennedy taking on charity challenge at first ever Bournemouth Marathon
4:15pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
DETERMINED Michelle Kennedy, from Weymouth is tackling her first marathon for Breakthrough after a gruelling battle against cancer.
She will be stepping out in the inaugural Bournemouth Marathon on October 6 in aid of the breast cancer charity.
Michelle, 47, said: “My story is much the same as very many women.
“And like all of those women I am extraordinarily grateful and thankful for the amazing work that organisations such as this one have done and continue to do.
“In 2008, aged 42, I found a lump and was diagnosed with breast cancer. My treatment was relatively simple – a lumpectomy and a few weeks of daily radiotherapy, followed by Tamoxifen.
“Then during my routine annual check last April, four years after the first diagnosis, I found another lump which was investigated and found to be cancerous.”
Michelle had the diagnosis – and possibility of it being a rare and different form of cancer – hanging over her head during her wedding to husband John last July but failed to let it spoil their day. We had a fantastic day despite incessant rain and floods.
“The following week I did a quick stint as an Olympics Gamesmaker in London.
“Then a few days after that I had the diagnosis finally confirmed that it was my breast cancer which had returned.
“My new husband and I didn’t have a honeymoon.
“Instead I spent that time in hospital and at home recovering from a mastectomy, which was performed exactly a month to the day after my previous surgery.
“We found out later that there were in fact four more tumours.”
Former Weymouth Grammar pupil Michelle added: “Everybody at Dorset County Hospital has been amazing through all of this.
“I am also hugely grateful to Breakthrough Breast Cancer for all the work that they do – without their efforts I may not be here today.”
Michelle has been forced to delay reconstruction surgery because of a frozen shoulder but decided to use the time to train for a marathon.
“My training has gone well over the summer and I’m ready for whatever the Bournemouth Marathon can throw at me.
“I won’t be finishing in any record-breaking time I’ll be honest, but I will finish and hopefully it will be with a huge grin.”
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