A kind-hearted cancer survivor from Airdrie gave an “extremely informative” talk and presentation to Rotarians in Monklands.

Sheila McNicol of Breast Cancer Now was invited to a meeting of the Rotary Club of Coatbridge, Airdrie and Monklands to highlight the organization’s outstanding work on behalf of people with breast cancer and their families.

As Lanarkshire Live Previously reported, Sheila, 63, won her courageous 12-month battle with breast cancer in 2016 and is now giving something back to others in a similar position by working as a volunteer and guest speaker for Breast Cancer Care. .

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Sheila told us: ‘I give talks for the charity and have spoken at golf clubs and afternoon teas.

“It allows me to talk about charity, which is my passion, and telling my story helps me and others by showing that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Former teacher Sheila suffered from health issues from birth when she had benign tumours, and was diagnosed with the devastating cancer in January 2015 after finding a lump on her breast a month earlier.

She said: “I was told I was going to lose my shoulder length blonde hair, which I loved and had worked so hard to keep. That’s when I really understood that it was serious.

“My treatment was horrible and the chemotherapy meant I had stopped eating completely as I was very sick.

“I finally decided to go to a hairdresser to have my hair shaved. I waited until the last minute but my hair was falling everywhere.

“Cancer really takes everything from you and it was a very scary time.

“At first I hated my wig with a passion and was afraid it would fall off, but I didn’t want to go out without it.

“But after my treatment was over, I woke up one Saturday morning, my hair was about a quarter of an inch long, and I said to my partner Ross, ‘I’m not wearing my wig anymore.’

“Ross’s family own Diamonds nightclub in Airdrie city center and I went to the club that night without a wig and felt great. It was the first time I accepted myself for who I am.

Responding to Sheila’s appearance, a Rotary club spokesperson said, “Sheila gave a detailed presentation outlining breast cancer in men and women, highlighting the many signs and the importance of self-monitoring.

“We would like to thank her very much for coming and giving a fantastic speech.”

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