A resilient woman battling cancer is urging people to get themselves checked out after she says she ‘didn’t act quickly enough’.
Gail Dunkley has spoken out about her experience with the ‘evil disease’ in a bid to raise awareness and funds for research.
The 42-year-old was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer and secondary bone cancer in October 2014.
“I don’t know if I will win the fight and I don’t know when the fight will end, but I’m determined to make the most of things and give something back,” Gail said.
Gail has an aggressive form of cancer that can be managed but can’t be cured.
She first noticed a small lump on her breast in April 2014 and got it checked in August after her friend encouraged her to see her GP.
“I don’t feel I acted quickly enough when it came to getting checked out so I want to encourage everyone to go to their doctor if they notice any slight lumps, bumps or changes. It’s important that people are aware of how this disease - the most evil thing in the world - can affect a person, not just them, but their whole world and everyone around them,” Gail said.
“When they told me it was cancer my world fell apart, it literally fell in on its self. I thought ‘this isn’t me’ and ‘this isn’t my life’.
“My sister sat next to me during the results and when they told us what it was I literally became frozen.”
Gail, who works as a training co-ordinator at Nationwide Platforms in Lutterworth, is currently undergoing her third type of chemotherapy treatment after unsuccessful results with previous forms.
“I’ve had to accept that it is how it is and I need to make the most of each day,” Gail said.
Gail has signed up to take part in the Rugby Race for Life 10km event and will be running with a group of friends known as ‘Gail’s Girls’.
She set a fundraising target of £100 but has already raised £125. To sponsor Gail, to go www.justgiving.com/gaildunkley