Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cancer Won't Stop Me from Running My Site

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cancer Won't Stop Me from Running My Site

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YOU never know what's around the corner do you? And sometimes you are not prepared to hear news that can completely turn your life around and stop your usual every day routine in its tracks.

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I am 43 with two wonderful children (age 17 and 12).

I started Beautilicious40Bride, a website to provide inspiration for brides over 40, a year ago, and have worked tirelessly promoting my business.

So my initial reaction to breast cancer diagnosis was 'I am too young to die!'. This was followed by an overwhelming feeling that I was living someone else's life because mine had suddenly become a nightmare filled with hospital appointments and little else.

My biopsy results confirmed I had invasive ductal breast cancer at Stage 2b which had spread into some of my lymph nodes.

I was relieved to hear that it wasn't the aggressive inflammatory type but I still had a long road of treatment ahead of me: mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, breast reconstruction and five years of hormone treatment.

Diagnosis couldn't have come at a worse time.

I had been struggling to get back into the workplace after taking an eight year career break from the travel industry to spend more time with my children while they were young.

I'd always wanted to work in the wedding industry and many of my friends were getting married for a second time. Some had mentioned their frustration at wedding magazines featuring only young, first time brides and one had a bad experience buying her dress because of the sales person's ageist attitude.

I realised that there was a definite gap in the market and so Beautilicious40Bride was born.

I had basic computer experience and had only just mastered the art of social media but found I had a natural flair for both.

The hardest part was keeping motivated, working long hours while earning little money but I had a strong belief that it would be a success and was really enjoying it. …

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