“CANCER can take what body parts it wants, but I’m going nowhere.”
Those are the words from courageous mum-of-three Louise Forshaw, who is battling breast cancer.
The 39-year-old was diagnosed with the illness before Christmas, but is determined to be well enough to see her sister get married in Italy this summer.
And friends of the Moor Nook woman have rallied around, walking the Guild Wheel and taking on a 24-hour cycle to help raise funds for her.
Louise found out she had cancer in November, and is now undergoing gruelling courses of chemotherapy. She had to have a mastectomy, and also nodes removed from under her arm, and was told the cancer was at stage three.
She said: “I’ve now had my fourth one and the doctor said to expect to feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. And I do – to the point where all my finger nails feel like they have been trapped in the door.
“I can’t open anything, I can’t spray deodorant, I can’t even get the pills out of the packet.”
Louise hoped to attend her sister Lucy’s wedding in Sorrento in August, and hoped her treatment would be finished in time for the date. However, last week she discovered a lump in her other breast, and is awaiting more test results.
But she said: “All the support has been amazing. I didn’t realise I had as many friends. I’m scared, but I’ve got three children, and a wonderful husband so I’m going nowhere.
“It’s been the hardest challenge of my life, but I’ll fight it and I’ll win it. I try to always stay strong so the kids are strong. I might be crumbling inside but I’m not showing it.”
Louise, who lives with her husband Gavin, 31, and her children Dylan, three, Melissa, eight, and Jack, 18, said she wanted to thank everyone who had helped. She said: “My sister Lisa has been amazing, we wouldn’t have got this far without her. She’s done everything from looking after my children, and she’s cooked for us four times a week.”
More than 20 people walked the Guild Wheel to help pay for Louise to go on holiday, and three people cycled for 24 hours. She said: “The local community has been amazing. There are lilies on the doorstep and cards. And Moor Nook Primary School has been amazing. Everything they can do they have done.”
She said her husband had given up work to help look after her and added: “He’s the best thing that’s happened to me.”