Your 30th birthday is normally a celebratory milestone, however, for Nadia, it was the day she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After initially discovering a lump in her breast whilst breastfeeding her son, Haris, Nadia thought she had little more than infection. However, following tests at her local James Cook Hospital in Middleborough, she soon realised the prognosis was much worse. Nadia is currently undertaking her last round of chemotherapy; surrounded by her incredible support network, including her little boy.
The idea of Team Nadia came about as the family discussed what they could do to support Nadia. Consisting of 8 close family members and friends, each one of them has pledged to participate in the Bupa Great North Run in aid of Cancer Research UK and to raise an amazing £5000 in support of Nadia’s fight. For Nadia, the fundraising is as important as the awareness of how cancer can affect young people and how to educate those about to have chemotherapy on the side effects that they will experience.
“You never think you will be affected by cancer at such a young age and this mind set in young people needs to change”. As a qualified Pharmacist, Nadia knows all too well about the main side effects that cancer and it’s treatment can cause, but nothing prepared her for how she really felt. “There is a gap in awareness about the side effects of chemotherapy as I was never sure whether the symptoms I had were related to the treatment or just another infection of some sort”. Due to this lack in education, Nadia was hospitalised for 5 days due to infections from mouth ulcers that spread to her throat and chest – all of this could have been prevented had Nadia been told more about what to expect.
Cancer Research UK still have places available at that Bupa Great North Run, and just one more runner could help us beat cancer sooner. Join our team for the special price of just £20, when you commit to raise £400 or more to help us bring forward the day all cancers are cured. To call us on 0871 641 2403* or visit our website of more information.
If you would like to support Nadia and her family, please visit their sponsorship page, or text NADD99 with the amount to 70070
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