Lucy's focus to help cancer causes nears £14,000
- Credit: Lucy Thompson
A stray crisp led a Norwich woman to find a cancerous lump and raising nearly £14,000 so far this year through three physical challenges to help others diagnosed with cancer.
Lucy Thompson was at home on a Sunday evening in February 2018 when she dropped a crisp down her top and noticed a lump, leading to a breast cancer diagnosis.
Mrs Thompson, who co-owns Reality Estate Agents with her husband Adam, said, “I didn’t have any symptoms when I found my lump and led a healthy lifestyle, eating well and working out regularly. I was eating a packet of crisps and dropped one down my top. As I reached to remove it I noticed a lump that hadn’t been there before."
She was given the all clear in 2019 following radiotherapy but last year while moving the 42-year-old experienced bloating, a pronounced sense of smell and stomach pain.
The Mulbarton resident was told on June 11 last year by doctors she had multiple tumours on her liver as a result of secondary breast cancer, and while not curable has been treatable through chemotherapy and chemo tablets.
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Heading into 2021, Mrs Thompson said she wanted to focus on helping local causes and has raised nearly £14,000 since the start of the year, of which £9,200 has been donated to Big C.
This has included a 400 mile cycle ride with friends Lynn Griller, Imogen Clarke and Claire Youngs, a sky dive with friends and family and last month a 25km walk.
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The Mulbarton resident was joined by a team of 18 ladies as part of team F U Cancer.
She said: "I wanted to get myself out of any sort of comfort zone.
“The old Lucy, before I had cancer, wouldn’t have considered a skydive for a second, but cancer is one of the most frightening things to face and somehow has given me the courage to make the most of everyday and take on challenges I would never have imagined possible.
"I try to live each day to the full. Most days I forget I have cancer and enjoy walking my dogs and yoga. I try to stay as healthy as possible and now eat a vegetarian diet."
She urged anyone to get checked out when they do not feel right as they "never know".
Carole Slaughter, head of fundraising for Big C said Mrs Thompson's efforts were "selfless, brave and nothing short of incredible" to helping others living with a cancer diagnosis.