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Lichfield breast cancer survivor walks 500 miles in aid of charity

A breast cancer survivor from Lichfield has raised money for the charities that supported her by walking 500 miles while still recovering from cancer treatment.

Rachel Slade

Rachel Slade

Rachel Slade, 30, has covered 100 miles every month for five months, raising £1,200 for national charity, Willow, plus two other organisations that supported her during her illness.

A rare type of breast cancer was diagnosed leaving Rachel to tackle scans, a mastectomy, lymph node removal and radiotherapy.

But Willow stepped in to provide a much needed break alongside fiance Gavin at a log cabin in Gloucestershire.

“Time-wise the trip came after my surgery so it was great to have it to look forward to as I’d been really scared,” she said. “To have a week away from everything – from hospital, from constant appointments, from reminders of what was going on, from sitting in my lounge staring at the same four walls – was just what we needed.

“My Willow Special Day provided some normality in a year that was crazy, some joy in a year that was hell, and some peace in a year that was hectic.

“When all my active treatment finished I decided I would raise some money to say thank you and enable others to have the same opportunity. Walking 100 miles each month for five months was quite a challenge for me as I was still recovering from treatment and still having injections that left me aching and fatigued.”

Rachel says she is also keen to spread the word about inflammatory breast cancer, which doesn’t show the more common symptoms of lump but a rash, which can be easily dismissed or misdiagnosed.

“It’s important to look out for a range of symptoms including swelling, redness or a change in the texture of the skin,” she said.

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