Lyndsey Newsham is so dedicated to raising funds for cancer research she held a charity fun day two days before she had a life-saving operation.
Now the 36-year-old is preparing to tackle the Race For Life Pretty Muddy event on June 17, with 16 of her friends, known as the The Wilbraham Warriors.
Lyndsey, of Ribbleton, was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in August 2016 and had surgery to remove her thyroid and lymph nodes a few months later as the cancer had spread.
The mother-of-two has not yet been given the all clear, but she remains optimistic.
She says: “It all started by me moisturizing my face and neck and feeling a small lump in my neck (like a swollen gland) which didn’t seem to be going away. After visiting my GP, I was referred to Royal Preston Hospital to see a consultant at a head and neck lump clinic.
“They didn’t think it was anything untoward but suggested I had an ultrasound scan just to check things out. That took place two days later due to me getting a cancellation appointment.
“The ultrasound was carried out and I was told I had another lump on the thyroid itself and that a biopsy sample would taken from both my thyroid and lymph node.
“The following week I went back for the results and was given the dreadful news that I had thyroid cancer which had spread to lymph nodes in my neck.
“In October, I had surgery to remove my thyroid and a left neck dissection to remove 33 lymph nodes as the cancer had spread, followed by radioactive iodine therapy at The Christie.
“I have not yet got the all clear but things are looking good. I am on medication for the rest of my life which is basically a thyroid hormone replacement. Without this I could not function.
“It can take time to get this dose of medication right and side affects can be heart palpitations, weight loss/gain, severe fatigue, dry skin, hair loss, brain fog to name a few.”
Lyndsey is feeling much stronger and has even set up her own catering business - The Sandwich Club. She credits her family and friends, as well as Macmillan for her recovery.
She adds: “I have my up and down days but I finally feel like life is getting back to normal and with the continued support of my close family and friends know this is possible.
“You never think it will happen to you or that you will hear the dreaded word cancer.
“I have remained positive throughout with help from my mum, Susan Livingstone, partner Michael Brooks, family and friends. The Macmillan nurses were fantastic at the very beginning, as they were there to talk to. The surgeon and staff at Royal Preston Hospital were great in helping me through the operation and people at The Christie were fantastic.
“I will be forever grateful and thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
“I have always supported Macmillian and Cancer Research. I even organised a Macmillian fun day two days before I had my operation and managed to raise £1,000 for them.
“I decided it’s time to do more for Cancer Research and therefore made the decision to enter this year’s Pretty Muddy, but not crazy enough to do it on my own.
“I managed to convince 16 other ladies who have supported me throughout my journey to also take part.
“I, along with my team, The Wilbraham Warriors, are aiming to raise well over £1,000.
“We have already had donations and sponsors and are currently over £400 which has been made by the fantastic members of the Wilbraham Club, in Geoffrey Street, Preston, and family and friends of the team.”
Race for Life 5k, 10k and Pretty Muddy events will be held at Moor Park over the weekend of Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18.
To support Lyndsey visit www.fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/lyndseys-fundraising-page-38