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14th Jun, 2021

Brave Bromsgrove breast cancer survivor to run three half-marathons and the Virtual London Marathon for charity

A BROMSGROVE woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer during the first coronavirus lockdown will undertake three half-marathons and the Virtual London Marathon to raise funds for charity.

Margaret Gwilliam found a lump whilst watching TV and thought nothing of it, calmly calling her GP.

She was told doctors were not currently seeing people because of Covid but when the lump was still there after a fortnight she called again and was referred, having tests at the breast clinic a week later.

At that point she was told it ‘looked highly likely’ it was breast cancer.

She said: “I felt like my world had collapsed there and then.

“I then had to go back in a week’s time for confirmation and test results, and I received my diagnosis.”

Margaret had her lumpectomy and lymph node removal on May 11 and the results showed her cancer was estrogen positive but HER2 negative.

“I was told I would need radiotherapy and go on to medication and I had to wait to see if I needed chemo.”

A month later she saw the oncologist who said she needed chemo, along with radiotherapy.

She had 10 rounds of radiotherapy first and then six sessions of chemotherapy.

After treatment she was placed on medication which she will need to take for at least five years, maybe 10.

During lockdown and her sick leave, Margaret made hearts for a support group called Worcestershire Hearts of Joy.

She added: “This kept me sane throughout.

“I also have the love and support of my wonderful boyfriend Paul Brogden, who is also doing the challenges I have set with me.

“He has been a tremendous support through all this, plus my friends and family too.”

Margaret will undertake her first virtual half-marathon around Bromsgrove next Sunday, June 20, the London Landmarks half-marathon in August, the Great North Run in September and the Virtual London Marathon on October 4.

Margaret, who took up running in 2014, will also be selling handmade hearts and ribbons too.

She is hoping to raise £350 for the Breast Cancer Now charity and has already had £160 pledge.

Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/margaret-gwilliam3 to donate to her cause.

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