‘If it was not for research I would not be here’ - Aylsham businesswoman beats cancer for the second time

Cancer survivor Trudi Bradley from Aylsham.Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Cancer survivor Trudi Bradley from Aylsham.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A Norfolk businesswoman said she owed her life to research and new treatments after being diagnosed with cancer for the second time in her life.

Mother-of-one Trudi Bradley, from Aylsham, was given the devastating news that she had breast cancer three years ago after finding a lump on her right breast.

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The 43-year-old, who took part in a trial to test the effects of radiotherapy on women with breast cancer in her age group as part of her treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said a positive attitude to beating the disease had helped.

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Mrs Bradley added that the level of support from the NHS and local charities like Big C was much better than when she received treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma when she was 17.

The director of fire place company Heatcraft Anglia in Aylsham was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2011 and had surgery later that month to remove the lump. However, she required a mastectomy to remove the right breast after it was found that the cancer was more advanced that thought and had gone into her lymph nodes.

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Mrs Bradley, who had six rounds of chemotherapy, 15 sessions of radiotherapy, and reconstruction surgery last June, said she had made major lifestyle changes since her diagnosis.

'I do not think I am unlucky. It is a question of dealing with it and moving on and living life. The first time I was diagnosed I used to go to bed at night and imagine the chemotherapy was soldiers on horses putting a lance through the cancer cells and I did the same thing this time.'

'I gave up smoking and I have not had a cigarette in three years, my diet is a lot better and I'm more active to the point of obsession,' she said.

Mrs Bradley has already raised £2,500 for Breast Cancer Care from organising a naked charity calendar. She is also getting behind Cancer Research UK's March on Cancer event in Norwich on Saturday, October 11.

'If it was not for research I would not be here and I will do whatever I can to give something back,' she said.

• For more information, visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk

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