LR Iain Grant, Isla Macleod, Poppy Macleod, Morag Macleod, Andrew Macleod, Jamie Macleod

An Inverness doctor with breast cancer has taken part in the annual MoonWalk for charity as she shares her story of her diagnosis.

Morag Macleod, mum of three, had breast cancer in 2021.

But just recently she completed a 26.2-mile Full Moon walking challenge to raise awareness of the disease – raising more than £2,500 in the process for charity WalkTheWalk.

The GP joined hundreds of women and men wearing brightly decorated bras to take part in the iconic night walk challenge through the streets of Edinburgh to raise money for the cause.

Morag was accompanied by other family members, who were all part of “Team Momo”.

The team included her three children Poppy, Jamie and Isla, as well as her husband Andrew and cousin Iain Grant.

The idea behind the name “Team Momo” came from a French ski instructor on vacation that Morag spent with his daughter Poppy many years ago.

The instructor couldn’t pronounce Morag and gave up.

But he could say “Momo” and Poppy then brought the name home.

Morag said: “The best thing about attending The MoonWalk Scotland was the feeling of being there together – both as a family and as part of a larger family with the same common goal of make things better for people with breast cancer.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2021 at the age of 55.

“Even as a GP, my diagnosis came as a huge shock.

“As a GP, I was very aware of breast cancer before being diagnosed, but I actually discovered the tumor in my left breast by accident.

“I was laying on the couch and felt something a little weird – I then checked the other breast to compare. I had an appointment the next day with my GP, who m really supported.

“I was referred to a specialist under the two-week rule and was seen within that timeframe, even though we were in the middle of lockdown.”

After passing tests, Morag was diagnosed with stage 3 HER-2 positive breast cancer.

His tumor measured about 30 millimeters,

She said: ‘Because the lump was quite large, I initially had six rounds of chemotherapy to try and reduce its size.

“The chemotherapy worked very well and the lump shrunk to almost nothing.

“I had a lumpectomy to remove the rest of the lump, as well as three lymph nodes – they found cancer in one of them.

“I didn’t need a mastectomy, but then I had a month of radiotherapy and they also put me on medication, which just ended. I am still taking Letrazole hormone therapy.

Morag said her lowest point came in the summer of 2021 when she contracted an infection after surgery.

And she said she really struggled not to be as active as she was before her diagnosis.

She added: “One thing that really saved me was an oncology nurse I met who was doing a PhD on physical activity during cancer treatment.

“As part of his research, I had an e-bike for three months, which was fantastic. I could go out on the bike, knowing that I would definitely come back, because I had the power.

“It meant I could hang out with my girlfriends – socially it was really good and it gave me a real boost. It was something to keep my spirits up and stay positive.

And despite her medical history, she said she avoids reading too much about the disease – eventually turning to charitable support.

Morag said: “It took me a while to go to breast cancer charities for more support. I recently took a ‘Moving Forward’ course with the Breast Cancer Now charity which was awesome.

“I feel good now, but it’s been a long, long road.”

She added, “I really love that The MoonWalk specifically focuses on breast cancer fundraising and awareness.

“My actual treatment on the NHS was great, but the NHS just doesn’t have the capacity to do anything else, in terms of supporting people through their journey.

“Grants from charities like Walk the Walk can go a long way in helping people get back to their daily lives after a breast cancer diagnosis. »

Donations to the Momo team can be made here.

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