Cancer scare gives Sue new meaning to life
A CANCER scare following her 50th birthday left Sue Potts in limbo – now having been given the all-clear she is keen to help others who might not be so lucky.
Waresley Park Garden Centre worker Sue knew after turning 50 she was at greater risk of developing breast cancer.
So, when she received a letter inviting her to attend for a mammogram a few weeks ago, she arranged an appointment.
The screening procedure revealed abnormalities and she had to undergo a biopsy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
After the second check, Sue was told she was clear, but the experience left her wanting to give something back to Breast Cancer Care, and on Saturday she will be shaving off all her hair for the charity.
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She said: “You learn everything you can off the website about where you might end up and you go through the process of accepting you may have to have a mastectomy.
“And after all of that, I was all right. It shows if you go for a mammogram, and they find something, they can get it early.
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“You cannot believe how many people this affects. I have spoken to hundreds of people over the last two weeks.”
Sue, who lives in Caxton but is a former St Neots resident, has raised �1,000 already, exceeding her original target of �600.
On Saturday, supported by husband Neil and family and friends, Sue will be getting her head shaved at the garden centre. She is appealing for the donations to keep on coming.
She said: “I am not going to run 5km or climb Kilimanjaro, but I need to do something.
“For me, choosing to lose my hair, albeit it very short-lived, is a personal challenge.
“It is so important to raise awareness of breast cancer and the work of our national charities who help women and their families deal with the physical and emotional scars that this disease creates.”
To sponsor Sue go to www.justgiving.com/susanpotts.