An inspirational woman who is leaving cancer behind her is running the Race For Life in Bedford next month.
Teresa Inskip, of Mount Drive, Putnoe, was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine check in May 2012.
Teresa said: “I went for a routine mammogram at 53 and that was when the bombshell hit. I had no idea.
“I had sweats prior to it but I just thought that was the menopause. The hardest part was telling my husband Mick, and my two boys Wayne and Daniel.
“I just sat them down in the front room and we all cried - it broke my heart. But they have all been so supportive, as have all my friends and colleagues at Cardington Road Tescos.
“My personnel manager at Tescos, Julie, has also been brilliant. She has always been there for me and always helped when I’ve had to got the hospital for treatment or check ups.”
Teresa then underwent six gruelling sessions of chemotherapy to shrink the golf-sized tumour. She also had a mastectomy and a course of radiotherapy. Thankfully the treatment was successful. She is now clear of cancer and having six monthly check-ups.
“I was bald as badger after the treatment but I never wore a hat or covered it up as it felt like there was light at the end of the tunnel.
“My husband Mick told me it doesn’t matter whether I have half a boob or a quarter of a boob he still loves me.
“You try and stay positive and it is hard sometimes, but the support I have had from everyone has been truly fantastic.
“I try to help people who are going through it now.
“I always did my bit for charity before I went through this but I now try to support anyone who is experiencing it now.
“Until you’ve gone through this you can’t really know exactly what it’s like so I try to help people who are battling it - including Tesco customers.
“I also do fundraising like Pink Days, cake baking and the Walk for Life.
“I know I will be fundraising until I go out in a box!”
Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life is a series of 5k or 10k women-only fundraising events, which are raising money for research to help beat all 200 types of cancer sooner.
This year’s Bedford Race for Life is on Sunday, June 15 along the Embankment.
To learn more visit www.raceforlife.org www.cancerresearchuk.org