Tansley mum uses birthday to raise £1,000 for Macmillan as she opens up online about breast cancer
A Tansley mum undergoing treatment for breast cancer used her birthday to raise more than £1,000 for charity last month after bravely sharing her story online.
Admin assistant Katie Stanley decided to reveal her diagnosis on Facebook primarily to raise awareness but added an option to donate to Macmillan Cancer Support.
She said: “It was quite scary to post something so personal online, it still feels like a taboo subject. I hovered over the button for a while. We had been doing this quietly as a family, not broadcasting it but not lying about it if asked.
“I’m only 32, with no family of history of cancer. I figured if I can encourage one person to get checked out for anything that doesn’t feel right, then it would be worth sharing.”
She added: “It was filtering down through the grapevine too, so I thought I would do a fundraiser to give back to the nurses who work tirelessly and need a medal. I never expected to raise this much, I set a goal of £150, so I’m blown away and quite humbled.
“It feels a relief that everyone knows now too, I’ve had so many messages of support, offers of help, and people who thanked me for opening up about it – and some who said they were going to get checked out.”
Katie, who has children aged five and two with husband Alex, first found a lump in her breast last August. She was initially treated for mastitis and sent for scans.
In February, she was told she had an aggressive form of cancer, grade three HER2 positive, and was to undergo chemotherapy, a mastectomy, radiotherapy and a further year of a drug treatment.
She is now mid-way through the course of chemotherapy and, while it has been a rollercoaster of emotions, Katie is remaining level-headed.
She said: “The phrase we’ve used at home since February is, ‘It is what it is.’ I’m plodding along, trying to keep home life normal for us all, and trying to find silver linings in everything.”
The nurses at the NGS Macmillan Unit in Chesterfield have been one such silver lining
Katie said: “They’ve been absolutely fantastic with me. Nothing is ever too much trouble for them. They are like angels.”
To add to Katie’s fundraising total, go to https://bit.ly/3e0Yk6w.