September 27, 2008

Joanne Wants to Help Battle Cancer

When Swansea mum Joanne Leonard walked through the door of her doctor's surgery she thought she had a bug.

She was surprised to discover she had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of the pancreas and chest, which is rare in women.

The 29-year-old, of Glebe Road, Loughor, had to undergo major surgery, including intensive cancer treatment.

She was just 27, and was at home caring for her five-month- old baby Aled when she received the news. "I spent my 28th and 29th birthdays in hospital," she said. "I was pretty poorly and spent time in intensive care."

But now Joanne is celebrating after being told the cancer had been destroyed.

Her partner David Malpas and baby Aled, who is now 21 months old, helped her celebrate her amazing recovery.

And now she is now becoming a Macmillan Cancer Voice to help others like her.

Macmillan Cancer Voices is a nationwide network offering people affected by cancer opportunities to share their experiences.

"It is rare for young women to get non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, so I would like to help other women like me learn about my experience," she added.

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