A courageous mum diagnosed with breast cancer just five months after her sister, is fighting back against the disease by doing this year’s Race for Life.
Lynne Nicholson, from South Shore, was so concerned about a lump on her breast – identified as a cyst – she insisted on having it removed, and that’s when surgeons uncovered cancerous tissue.
The 46-year-old said: “After my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, I couldn’t stop worrying about the cyst I had in my breast – I took the decision to have it removed even though doctors said it was causing no problem.
“It was the best decision I ever made, because that’s when they found a 4cm tumour next to the cyst, which may never have been discovered.”
Now Lynne, who is married to Steven and is mum to Stacy, 18 and Ryan 12, is urging local women to join her and sign up for the Cancer Research 5k Race for Life event – on the Promenade, Blackpool, on July 9.
Lynne’s sister Elaine Liggins, now 58, was diagnosed with breast cancer, following a mammogram in 2011.
She underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery at Lancaster Hospital. Elaine also received chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
It was around the time Elaine was having treatment, Lynne found a lump in her own breast and went to see her GP. She was referred for blood tests and told it was simply a cyst.
She opted to have it removed, but at a further check-up just before the operation, a lump was discovered next to the cyst and a biopsy was taken.
Lynne was then given the devastating news she also had breast cancer.
She underwent surgery the following month and opted for a double mastectomy. She had chemotherapy at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and radiotherapy at Royal Preston Hospital. Both sisters continue to have regular check-ups.
Lynne said: “It was a really difficult time for myself and my sister, but we have come out the other side. I look at life differently now and make the most of every day. That’s why I decided to do the Race for Life.
“Taking part in Race for Life is my way of hitting cancer where it hurts. And my way of putting something back.
“I’m so grateful for the research that has helped me and my sister. And now I want to help others by supporting Cancer Research’s work.”
Liz Booth, Blackpool Race for Life organiser, said: “More people like Lynne and Elaine are surviving cancer than ever before.
“But while we’re heading in the right direction, too many lives are still being lost to the disease.
“Our aim is one day everyone will beat cancer. The more research we can fund, the sooner that day will come.”
To enter the Race for Life, visit www.raceforlife.org or call 0845 600 6050.
To sponsor Lynne, click www.justgiving.com/lynnenicholson44