Breast cancer lump only revealed after drastic dieting
A super-slimmer who shed more than nine stone has told how losing the weight has saved her life.
Kay Lovelady, 41, from Leyland, weighed almost 20 stone and it was only when she lost weight that she discovered a lump in her breast.
With a history of breast cancer in the family Kay feared the worse.
Thankfully for the mother-of-one, a solicitor at South Ribble Council, the lump and one found later were both benign – but she has no doubt that losing the weight saved her.
Today she told how she had been “unbelievable lucky” and that the lumps were a “ticking time bomb”.
Doctors told Kay that because the lumps had been hidden by her fat and it was unlikely that she would have ever felt them if she hadn’t gone on a diet.
Kay and her husband David, 50, started dieting in 2011 and 17 months later in April this year they reached their goal weight.
“I was due to turn 40 and we had been talking, saying we didn’t feel happy, both of us were the same. We went to a colleague’s wedding and got sent a photo and we looked at it and said ‘oh my God, we have to do something’”
“I had bad days and good days. Some days I would be good and other days I would succumb to the temptation. You can eat whatever, in moderation. We still drink, still eat and still go out.
“It was February this year, we had been to Venice for my husband’s 50th. We were just sitting in bed and I put my arm down and felt this lump.
“I had a mammogram and there was another lump.”
Kay’s grandma died from breast cancer aged just 59, meaning Kay was high risk. She said the weeks that followed were “terrifying”
She had the lumps removed in May this year.
“The cancer could’ve potentially been behind the lump” she added, “If I had found the lump the wouldn’t have found the cancer and it would’ve spread and been too late.
“If I hadn’t lost the weight it is unlikely that I would have felt it.
“I was carrying so much weight. The weight had hidden it
“I can’t say I would have 100 per cent got cancer. But I was significantly high risk because of my family history.
“I was so scared.”
Kay says she has been “unbelievable lucky” and deciding to lose weight was the best thing she has ever done.
She said: “It was the best thing I have ever done. I have always been big, I have never been thin, but I just got on with life. But we started this and it has changed our lives completely. I am not a gym person but I am far more active.
She attended a Weight Watchers class in Euxton and is also involved with South Ribble Council’s health and well being team.
Husband David weighed 13 stone 9lbs and now weighs 10 stone 4lbs.