Wellingborough woman gets boost in fight against cancer
14 May 2010, 15:45
Hayley Mitchell, who's battling an aggressive form of breast cancer, is celebrating after being told 9 out of 10 of her tumours have gone.
After being diagnoed with breast cancer in October last year, doctors told 25 year old Hayley that her cancer was incurable after another scan revealed a further nine tumours in her body.
But Hayley vowed to fight it all the way and, after a check up in April, doctors told her that her chemotherapy was working. Nine out of ten of her tumours had gone and the remaining one in her breast had shrunk so significantly that surgeons may be able to operate.
"It was totally a shock out of the blue to find that nine out of ten of them had gone especially when you get told that you don't know what your life expectancy is or that doctors don't know anything about your cancer. You know I said from day one that I was going to fight it, I'll beat, I'll still be here, and that's what I'm doing."
Hayley will go for her next scan in June to find out whether the tumour in her breast is small enough for surgeons to remove.
"I've been told I'll never be cancer free but I'll be tumour free which is good news as it means I don't have to worry about life expectancy."
Hayley says the news means her and her husband Lee have been talking about the possibility of foster care or adoption:
"When we got told that it had spread and that we didn't know life expectancy and stuff, Lee said well, when you fight it and you beat it we'll look into it, and obviously we're at a point now where we can start doing that."
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Hayley set up her own breast cancer charity 'My Lady Humps' to help other sufferers and has been running fundraising events to try and reach the £5000 she needs to become a registered charity.
For more details about the charity, including upcoming events, click here.