TWO women in their early 30s have become ‘sisters’ after being told their breast cancer is incurable and they can’t have children.
Nicky Newman and Laura Middleton-Hughes, both 31, also suffer daily fatigue and pain because of their ‘secondary’ tumours.
But determined to live life to the full, the pair, who met via an internet group, have founded online community Secondary Sisters for women in the same position.
Mrs Newman discovered she had cancer about a year ago when she noticed a lump in her right breast. She was in the middle of IVF treatment at the time.
‘Before the word “cancer” was even mentioned, I could see it in the doctor’s face,’ she said. ‘I didn’t know if I was going to live or die. The whole thing was an absolute blur.’
Mrs Middleton-Hughes was diagnosed in 2014 after finding a lump in her left breast while on a dream holiday to Australia. Despite a mastectomy, chemotherapy and shoulder replacement, she has traces of cancer in her spine, 12 vertebrae and pelvis.
‘I’m very, very grateful that the treatment I’m having is managing to give me a fairly normal life,’ she said.
As well as running their online support group, the ‘sisters’ are also supporting Stand Up To Cancer, painting their bodies with the words ‘pain’, ‘infertility’, ‘fatigue’ and ‘stage 4’ to raise awareness of the disease.