Jackie’s bid to help save others’ lives after winning fight against cervical cancer

Jackie Baines is raising awareness of the importance of smear tests after being diagnosed with cervical cancer
Jackie Baines is raising awareness of the importance of smear tests after being diagnosed with cervical cancer
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A mum-of-two is bidding to raise funds and spread awareness after winning her fight against cervical cancer.

Jackie Baines was diagnosed in January at the age of just 33.

The devastating news meant she was forced to undergo a hysterectomy, and she has now been given the all clear.

The scare has led Jackie to throw herself into warning others about the disease as well as raising money for cancer research.

Jackie was diagnosed after going for her first ever smear test in December.

She said: “I was heartbroken but somehow I knew this was the result I was going to get, so initially I prepared myself and my husband for it.”

Jackie and Simon, who live in Heysham, were reassured that the cancer was treatable and she was provisionally scheduled to go for a radical hysterectomy in March.

“The radical hysterectomy went very well; I am currently in five weeks of recovery and have recently received the great news of getting the all clear! My life has started again,” Jackie added.

Jackie said she is now passionate about warning other women to undergo cervical screening.

“The whole process has made me a different person for the better,” she said. “I am now passionate about raising awareness about what should be a completely preventable disease.”

Earlier this month Jackie and her best friend Lauren Williams organised a charity fun day at the Cumberland View in

Morecambe.

“We had great support at the venue from the landlord Carl Pearson who went out of his way to support us to achieve what we did on the day,” Jackie said. “We raised £662 which we are very proud of considering we organised the event within two weeks.”