Back to work at the start of a new term we were all devastated to hear that a dear friend and colleague had been diagnosed with breast cancer.Within weeks I too was diagnosed with cancer after finding a large lump in my stomach.Mine was ovarian.We became fighters together, partners in crime!We helped each other through tough chemo weeks and caught up over coffee discussing the pros and cons of losing our hair, yes there were many laughs too.At the end of our respective chemo we had a wonderful afternoon together when we attended a "look good ,feel good" session.I was treated to a few days away and my friend planned a celebration party for her 50th before starting on radiotherapy.12months on and things were looking good, we were both back at work as teaching assistants at a primary school.I went for routine check only for them to find another tumour had appeared and i was told my condition was terminal.I was selected for a trial drug and started another round of chemo.Betweeen chemo I was at work and together with my friend organised three grande coffee mornings for cancer charities raising lots of money.We also did 2 race for life walks together.We enjoyed "putting something back".Then my friend had some bad news, her cancer had gone further and she too was diagnosed as terminal and was to have more chemo.time was passing and she wasnt responding well to treatment.She attended a school "fuddle" 4 weeks ago and it was lovely to see her and chat.She was tired but in good spirits. Today i learnt that she lost her fight.God Bless Karen.Thankfully no more pain.I will keep on fighting for us both.
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