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Norwich hairdresser celebrates being cancer-free for a decade

PUBLISHED: 17:06 11 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:06 11 July 2018

Sue Leeming celebrating her 10th anniversary of being free of cancer, with a limo at the Assembly House. With her is driver Spencer Hood. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sue Leeming celebrating her 10th anniversary of being free of cancer, with a limo at the Assembly House. With her is driver Spencer Hood. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Sue Leeming’s story isn’t one of heartbreak – it is of resilience and this week she celebrated ten years cancer free.

Sue Leeming celebrating her 10th anniversary of being free of cancer, with a limo at the Assembly House. With her is house host, Lydia De'Ath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSue Leeming celebrating her 10th anniversary of being free of cancer, with a limo at the Assembly House. With her is house host, Lydia De'Ath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Sue Leeming’s story isn’t one of heartbreak – it is of resilience and this week she celebrated ten years cancer free.

The 52-year-old raised a glass of prosecco yesterday (Tuesday) to a decade of pain, growth and development at Assembly House.

She said: “I’ve come so far and I know I shouldn’t have come this far, I wake up every day in awe,

“I still can’t believe I am sitting here now.”

Sue Leeming celebrating her 10th anniversary of being free of cancer, with a limo at the Assembly House. With her is house host, Lydia De'Ath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYSue Leeming celebrating her 10th anniversary of being free of cancer, with a limo at the Assembly House. With her is house host, Lydia De'Ath. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The Norwich businesswoman, who lives in the Golden Triangle, is a picture of health and is dedicated to nourishing her body with clean food, exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

She said: “What I have learnt over the past ten years is awe-inspiring,” she added, “I think it is time I start writing my book.”

The hairstylist began to regularly check herself after her mother died from breast cancer on July 23, 2001.

She said: “I knew if I checked myself regularly – if I ever found a lump I would catch it from spreading.”

After four years of living in Spain, working and owning a salon, her health deteriorated and she began to use a walking stick. Her lower back seized up and she was in excruciating pain from her right leg.

While doing her routine morning check, she found a lump on her lower right breast and began her harrowing journey.

On July 10, 2008 – Sue was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said: “All them years I had checked myself I caught it just weeks from spreading.”

Sue was cut 10 inches to get the cancer out, she was sewn so tight she was gasping for air – but the operation had been a success.

She said: “I just cried myself to sleep and I wanted to die.”

Despite having turbulent weeks with her health – Sue reminds herself of a motto she has used every single day since she began her journey.

“Look good, feel well,” she said.

Now she is moving on to her next milestone – by selling her business, renting a salon chair and nurturing herself.

“I would like to thank my oncologist, Dr Eperescu, my surgeon, Mr Hussein and the wonderful care and attention at the NNUH.”

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