A WOMAN is taking on a charity challenge to mark her battle with breast cancer.
Mum-of-two Jane Jones, of Upton, is taking part in Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Ribbonwalk sponsored by Santander in association with Woman&Home at Cholmondeley Castle on June 4.
Jane, who was diagnosed in 2009, said: “I used to check myself now and again and happened to do it after having a shower in the July and found a lump.
“I went to my GP the next day and within three weeks I had had tests and was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I couldn’t believe it and before it was confirmed I kept thinking ‘it can’t be’.
“It was still a major shock when I was told.”
Jane, 52, has praised the tremendous support she received from the breast cancer unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
She said: “The breast cancer nurse gave me a Breast Cancer Care booklet to take home with me and I saw the consultant again a few days later.
“I went on the Breast Cancer Care website as I wanted to find out everything I could.
“I had amazing support from family and friends but it was good to know you could get all sorts of support from Breast Cancer Care, such as counselling.”
Jane, who works at Matthews Estate Agents, Lower Bridge Street, underwent a mastectomy and is now on medication for five years to control her hormone levels.
She said: “When you’re off sick you read loads of magazines and I saw the Pink Ribbonwalk in the Woman & Home magazine and thought ‘that looks great’!
“I hoped to be well enough to do it this year.”
Jane, who is doing the 10-mile walk with her husband and friends, said: “I would say to people thinking of doing the walk to go online and register, then you’ll have to do it!
“There is always a great atmosphere at these events.
“I think nowadays everyone knows someone who’s been affected by cancer so do it for them to either support them or in memory of them.
“My experience makes me want to carry on and get on with my life.
“I’ve had three operations to rebuild my breast so now I am making the most of everyone around me.
“I wish women would check themselves more and just be aware of changes to their bodies, don’t be frightened of going to your doctor.
“In the future I hope the drugs progress to cure as many people as possible of all cancers, not just breast cancer.”