Bedford mum who underwent double mastectomy stars in Stand Up To Cancer film

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"Embracing our scars shows people that these are now just a part of who we are and that cancer does not define us"

A courageous Bedford mum is the star of an inspiring short film encouraging people to Stand Up To Cancer.

Sherry McGill has joined forces with Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 to highlight the joint fundraising campaign, which aims to accelerate new cancer tests and treatments.

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The mum-of-two, who works as a neuroscientist and specialises in neuropathology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in April 2017 after feeling a lump in her breast.

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She underwent six months of chemotherapy, followed by a double mastectomy and then radiotherapy. She then had a further six months chemo as a preventative measure, with her treatment finally coming to an end in August 2018.

Sherry, 44, said: “Before diagnosis, life was very hectic. I was a busy professional and busy mum to a six-year-old and 18-month-old baby. Since my diagnosis and treatment, I try to look after myself more.

“When I finished treatment, I found it really scary and I really struggled. I found it hard to move on. I heard of others being unwell again, and I felt so guilty. Being back at work really helped.”

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And with around 35,000 people diagnosed with cancer in the East of England every year, Sherry is urging everyone to stand together this autumn and help raise money.

In the Stand Up To Cancer film she talks about her diagnosis and treatment and how she has come to realise, following a double mastectomy, that breasts don’t define you as a woman.

She continued: “Cancer has had a huge impact on my life, but now I stand up to it in my own way by helping to raise vital awareness and funds.

“Embracing our scars shows people that these are now just a part of who we are and that cancer does not define us.

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"I am passionate about raising awareness of cancer, especially within ethnic minority groups. This can happen to anyone, at any age, regardless of race and colour.”

Since its launch in 2012, Stand Up To Cancer has raised more than £62million to fund 52 clinical trials and research projects.

Supporters are being encouraged to donate, fundraise in their own way or pick from a host of fun-filled fundraising ideas, such as getting sponsored to stand up all day.

Stand Up To Cancer will be on Channel 4 on Friday, October 23. To get involved visit here