A Chippenham woman who survived breast cancer twice is set to share her story as part of the National Stand Up to Cancer Campaign.
Fifty-seven-year-old Louize Hurst will be taking centre stage in Cambridge on Saturday to inspire the crowd with her story as part of the sponsored night-time March on Cancer walk, one of just 15 cities chosen to host the event. And she is calling on men, women and children across the region to join her.
Louize, whose Royal Marine son Gus was a multi-medal winner in Prince Harry’s recent Invictus Games, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 after noticing a lump while lying on a sunbed.
“I’m fond of saying that I only had cancer for two weeks, because I’d had surgery to remove the tumour within a fortnight,” said Louize. “I needed further treatment with radiotherapy afterwards, but it really was all dealt with extremely quickly.”
But three years later Louize noticed a lump in her other breast while lying on a beach in Portugal. She was so reluctant to worry her husband, James, that she continued with the holiday and didn’t tell him anything until she got a definite diagnosis.
“We have been married for 32 years and James was so devastated when I was diagnosed first time that I couldn’t bear to inflict it on him again, not until I absolutely had to. He has been my rock and will be with me at the March on Cancer to help celebrate my amazing survival,” said Louize.
She once again had a lumpectomy followed by more intensive radiotherapy. Now in remission for five years, Louize is still on the drug Tamoxifen, and is full of praise for her surgeon, Professor Wishart.
Saturday’s event starts at 7.30pm at Queen’s Green, and participants will march for 45 minutes through the streets accompanied by live music, films, entertainment and stories from people who’ve beaten cancer.