Norwich breast cancer survivor Kim Linstead gets set for Oman charity trek
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Ten years on from beating breast cancer, Hellesdon's Kim Linstead has a new mountain to climb.
The 52-year-old is in training for a five-day trek across the mountains of Oman in a bid to raise awareness of the signs of the disease, and raise £3,000 for the charity CoppaFeel! while she is at it.
Ms Linstead will head to the Middle East along with 51 others in November for the challenge, which will involve walking for eight hours a day up 3,000ft in temperatures of up to 35 degrees.
She is spending more than 18 hours a week preparing for the trek, walking along the shingle and scaling the stairs at Cromer beach.
Ms Linstead said: 'I'm really looking forward to it. I've got psychologically aware of what it will be like and how difficult it will be.'
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She said the biggest challenge would be a speedboat ride which is part of the trek.
She said: 'I can't swim so of everything I've got to do, that scares me the most.'
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Ms Linstead found a lump on her breast on New Year's Eve 10 years ago during one her monthly checks in the shower.
She went through a mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which she said took away a year of her life.
She said: 'It was such a shock. You try to deal with everything they throw at you as it comes, but even simplest things were emotionally draining.'
Ms Linstead now has the all clear, but says her diagnosis means her daughter, Emma Linstead, has an above-average risk of contracting the disease, a threat that has driven her to finally give something back.
She said: 'I tried to block it out and pretend it didn't happen for a long time, but now I feel like I'm in a good place and I'm physically quite fit.
'This is really aimed at the younger ones of my daughter's age, she's 30 this year and I just want them to know what to do.'
The walkers will be split into two teams, each led by a celebrity leader, athlete Greg Rutherford MBE and author/actor Giovanna Fletcher.
They will complete challenges each day before setting up camp and sleeping under the stars.
To donate to Ms Linstead's fundraising appeal, visit omancoppafeel.everydayhero.com/uk/trek-oman