In 2011, Michelle Manders, mother to Lucas, was diagnosed with cervical cancer aged just 25. Thankfully this has been treated and she has now been given the all clear. Michelle will be cycling across Cuba in October 2013 to raise money for three cancer charities (Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, Ovarian Cancer Action). She has already raised £1610 of her £2900 target and is busy fundraising and training.
I am doing a cycle across Cuba to help raise money for the three very important charities that Women v Cancer are supporting. In November 2011 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer, at the age of 25 this was the last thing I thought would happen! After many appointments and small operations at Torbay hospital and Exeter hospital, I was told I would need further treatment. I was referred to St Bartholomews hospital in St Paul’s, London for a much more major and specialist operation – a ‘Radical Tracalectomy’ and also to have my ‘Lymph nodes’ removed. After a long 11 days in hospital recovering and a few further problems I was eventually allowed home, being told I would receive my full results in two weeks time. Thankfully on the 21st march 2012 I was told that the tracalectomy got all of the cancer and I was cancer free and could finally get on with my life and no more treatment was needed, just regular check ups.
Following this, I went to Paphos in Cyprus in September last year and married my husband, who has been there for me throughout all of this. I’m now enjoying spending lots of quality time with my little boy, Lucas. Everything I have been through in the last 18 months has inspired me to do something to help these well deserved charities in raising money to help people like myself and also people less fortunate then me who require more treatment.
To support my fitness throughout my training I have been going to a military bootcamp class. ‘Phys Group’ run various levels of bootcamp classes and I often do most of them to try to build up my fitness ready for Cuba! Physgroup ethos is to provide fun, social, interactive and effective outdoor military fitness suitable for all abilities. For class times and more information please visit phys bootcamp or phys walk.
You can support Michelle and make a donation to Women V Cancer through Michelle’s page on Just Giving.
We wish you the very best of luck in Cuba Michelle!