Carol East: WALK THE NIGHT WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF MY CANCER RECOVERY
Name: Carol East
Lives: Hastings, East Sussex
Profession: Retired, previously Retail manager
When Carol went along for her regular check up at the doctors, she never thought that the doctor would discover symptoms associated with breast cancer. Further tests confirmed the diagnosis and in January 2015 Carol was told she had advanced stage 3 breast cancer. Fortunately, Carol underwent a mastectomy eight weeks later and began her course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy immediately afterwards.
Carol began the breast reconstruction process in September 2017 once she had regained her strength from her chemotherapy, and still has one more operation to undergo in December 2017.
Throughout treatments, Carol and her husband Steve were determined to continue their lives as normal so that Carol wouldn’t miss out on the activities that she loved doing, such as attending gigs and going on weekends away. She explains: “At first, I didn’t want to go out and wanted to hide indoors, but I realised that I was constraining myself and not properly enjoying my life. I decided that I didn’t want to let cancer bring me down, and so I got outside and began doing all the things that I really enjoy doing!”
Carol’s three-year-old grandson, Louis, also acted as inspiration for Carol to recover as she was determined to fight to witness him growing up.
Carol wanted to set herself the challenge of completing an event to mark her recovery, and to celebrate the end of her treatments. The Walk the Night challenge stood out to Carol as it allowed her to be able to take part with her husband in the half marathon distance, whilst taking in the landmark sights of London. She says: “I actually met Steve through running back in 1982, when a mutual friend suggested that we go running together to train for a half marathon. It is amazing that once again we can take part in the activity that brought us together 35 years ago!”
“Unfortunately, this time I won’t be able to run the distance, as neurological problems have left me needing the occasional support of a wheelchair. That doesn’t matter though, we will still complete the event together!”
She concludes: “I now appreciate every little thing. Every day I wake up and relish in how lucky I am to have such amazing family and friends”.
To find out more about taking part in Dream Challenge’s Walk the Night event, visit www.dream-challenges.com