Joanne is a survivor of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma of the pancreas and chest. She found out she had cancer at the age of 29, just 5 months after giving birth to her son. It was a shock to say the least and a very difficult time. Joanne underwent major surgery, radiotherapy and months of chemo whilst trying to have some sort of normality with her young family.
Joanne's life has changed significantly since diagnosis although she does consider herself one of the lucky ones. As such every month is a new challenge from white water rafting to parachuting. The 10km Race for Life was Challenge no 7. She completed the 10km despite not having a pair of trainers or being able to run 100 metres 10 weeks prior to doing this event.
Aside from taking part in these person challenges, Joanne has been a fantastic support to Cancer Research UK, promoting our cause on a local level and taking part in PR activity and encourages her friends to volunteer at the charity's local events. Due to Joanne' intense treatment she was advised by doctors it was unlikely she would conceive again but she recently gave birth to a little girl which has been the most wonderful news. Joanne's positive attitude has been truly inspiring and she has been a great ambassador for Cancer Research UK. CR