A MUM given the all clear from her ‘incurable’ cancer is enlisting the help of Stratford women to join her at Race for Life.
Sarah Burkill was rushed to Warwick Hospital in 2010 when her arm turned purple and swollen.
The mum-of-two from Shipston was diagnosed with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and given a scan which revealed and aggressive form of lung cancer.
Sarah, who is 53-years-old, said: “The DVT had been caused because the lymph nodes near my collarbone were being blocked by the cancer – it was such a blessing that I had this DVT because without it, I would never have gone into hospital and the cancer could have spread.
“When I was told that I had cancer I was completely shocked. There was no history of any type of cancer in my family, so I just thought it wouldn’t happen to me. I had advanced adenocarcinoma, a type of lung cancer. I was given a very poor prognosis and was told my cancer was probably incurable and I could only be given treatment to slow it down.”
But Sarah, who now runs a furniture business from home, underwent chemotherapy and surgery for her cancer and later that year got the news she was in remission.
To celebrate being five years clear of cancer she has entered Race for Life’s ‘Pretty Muddy’ event at Stoneleigh Park on June 27.
She said: “When I look back now I just think how fortunate I’ve been. I was happy to try new drugs for my chemotherapy, I was willing to try anything.
“I now know more than ever just how vital research is. I don’t know if I’d be here today if it wasn’t for all the research that is done and the new treatments that are constantly being developed.”
Visit www.raceforlife.org to find out more, sign up for the Stoneleigh event or to run in Stratford Race for Life on July 5.