The Mother's Day I Thought I'd Never See; My Message by Breast Cancer Woman
Byline: SINEAD MCINTYRE
MOTHERHOOD was the last thing on Wendy Harrington's mind as she faced the horror of breast cancer.
When doctors warned that the treatment would leave her infertile, she put her sorrow on hold and concentrated on staying alive.
Seven years on, Mrs Harrington, 36, has beaten the disease - and the odds - to enjoy Mother's Day with her two children, Sophie, four, and one-year-old Freddie.
'Today there are so many young women under 30 being diagnosed with breast cancer before they have children,' she said.
'The fact that they have to battle cancer is bad enough, but then to be told that their fertility could be placed in danger because of the treatment is totally devastating.
Yet I am proof that that need not be the case.' Mrs Harrington was a 29-year-old office worker when she went to her GP, worried about a lump in her breast.
Because she was so young she was told her fears were unfounded.
But she demanded a referral and her mother paid for an immediate mammogram to avoid a six-week wait. …