A BROMSGROVE woman diagnosed with breast cancer during the initial coronavirus lockdown will complete three half marathons and the London virtual marathon to raise funds for charity.
Margaret Gwilliam found a bump while watching TV, thought nothing of it, and calmly called her family doctor.
She was told the doctors are currently not seeing people because of Covid, but when the lump was still there after a fortnight, she called again and was referred to the breast clinic for testing a week later.
At that point, she was told that it “looked very likely” that it was breast cancer.
She said, “I felt like my world collapsed on the spot.
“I then had to go back in a week for confirmation and test results and I got my diagnosis.”
Margaret had her lumpectomy and lymph node removal on May 11, and the results showed that her cancer was estrogen positive but HER2 negative.
“I was told I needed radiation therapy and was on medication, and I had to wait to see if I needed chemotherapy.”
A month later, she saw the oncologist who said she needed chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
She first had 10 rounds of radiation therapy and then six chemotherapy sessions.
After treatment, she was given medication that she must take for at least five years, maybe 10 years.
During the lockdown and sick leave, Margaret made hearts for a support group called the Worcestershire Hearts of Joy.
She added, “That kept me sane all along.
“I also have the love and support from my wonderful friend Paul Brogden, who also overcomes the challenges I have faced.
“He has been a tremendous support in all of this, as have my friends and family.”
Margaret will complete her first virtual half marathon around Bromsgrove on Sunday 20th June, the London Landmarks half marathon in August, the Great North Run in September and the virtual London marathon on October 4th.
Margaret, who started running in 2014, will also be selling handmade hearts and ribbons.
She is hoping to raise £ 350 for the Breast Cancer Now charity and has already pledged £ 160.
Visit justgiving.com/fundraising/margaret-gwilliam3 to donate to their cause.