Story by: ANDREW PAPWORTH
Thursday, September 20, 2012
A MUM diagnosed with a second bout of cancer having previously been given the all-clear has vowed to beat her illness once again for the sake of her children.
Only last year Claire Senior said she felt lucky at having pulled through the ordeal of cancer in her throat and mouth.
But after suffering pain in her chest in March this year, she was told secondary tumours had showed up in her lungs and liver - and this time it could be terminal.
However the 38-year-old, who is mother to two-year-old Oscar and 13-year-old Danielle, said: “I have got to do whatever I can to be here for them.”
She and her friend Eleanor Abbs are holding a Macmillan coffee morning event at Alconbury Sports and Social Club on Friday, September 28, from 10am, acutely aware that this year’s events give the day added significance.
“When we held the event last year, we told people how Macmillan Cancer Relief had helped me in the past,” Claire said.
“This year, we are going to tell people how they are helping me now.”
The Alconbury resident said she and her family were “devastated” when she went to see a doctor with what she thought was a cracked rib and was told it was terminal cancer.
Since then, she has engaged in six rounds of chemotherapy which has left her feeling “incredibly tired”.
Yet the brave sufferer is determined to keep a positive mind and a fighting spirit.
“I don’t really accept what I’m being told,” she said of her diagnosis. “I’m not really the kind of person who would take it on the chin. Each day will bring a new challenge but I will get on with it.”
Ms Abbs said: “We want to raise the profile of Macmillan Cancer Relief and let people know that they are there to support people.”