A nursery nurse who has doggedly fought off breast cancer has vowed to raise money for the hospital that saved her.
Joanne Taylor, 44, from Old Whittington, was diagnosed in 2011 and underwent a mastectomy at Chesterfield Royal Hospital before battling six weeks of gruelling chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.
Speaking of her diagnosis, she said: “My whole world came crashing down. It’s true what people say, you don’t think it will ever happen to you. And when it did, I was speechless.”
Joanne went into remission after treatment, but began to struggle with depression and anxiety so sought the support of the Nenna Kind cancer support centre in Chesterfield and the Cancer Support Centre at Weston Park, both of which are funded by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
“Nothing was ever too much to ask,” added Joanne. “At both Nenna Kind and the Cancer Support Centre I was made to feel like an individual where my own personal needs were taken into consideration at all times.”
Three years on from initial diagnosis, Joanne is dedicating her time to organising fundraising events for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, whilst sharing her story to help others.
PR and Marketing Executive for the Cancer Charity, Cassie Melluish, said: “It’s really inspiring to see how Joanne has turned such a traumatic experience into a positive one and is keen to help others who may be going through a similar struggle.
“The services available to Joanne throughout her treatment wouldn’t have been available without the support of our fundraisers across the region who help improve the lives of cancer patients through their generosity.”
To find out more about the charity, visit www.wphcancercharity.org.uk or call 0114 263 1649.
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