'I felt numb' - Brave Katrina told she had cancer months before big 50

Katrina Lindsay is due to take part in the race for life in Trentham just a week after finishing her cancer treatment
-Credit: (Image: Cancer Research UK)


Determined Katrina Lindsay will signal the start of a charity run for cancer sufferers - after only just finishing her treatment for the disease. And the 50-year-old, who'll be sounding the horn for Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at Trentham Estate, will also be taking part in the run.

It's a cause close to the mum-of-one's heart after being diagnosed with the illness herself - and seeing her fiancé's mum, Carol, lose her own brave battle. Katrina, of Bucknall, was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram just months before her 50th birthday.

At the time she was told she had stage two breast cancer, back in February 2023, Katrina was helping care for Carol, who had pancreatic cancer. Sadly, Carol died on June 3 last year, while Katrina was having chemotherapy.

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Now after undergoing chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, Katrina has been chosen to help launch the Race for Life event on June 4. She said: “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt numb. I was with my fiancé, Neil, and my mum.

"I remember being told it was stage two but I don’t think it hit me until afterwards. It was just three months before my 50th birthday.

“At the time I was caring for Neil’s mum who had pancreatic cancer and I went through my treatment whilst looking after her. It was difficult but we supported each other and picked each other up when times were difficult.

"We used humour to help each other throughout what was an awful time. Sadly, Carol died on June 3 last year so I will be taking part in Race For Life at Trentham for her.”

Katrina Lindsay is due to take part in the race for life in Trentham just a week after finishing her cancer treatment
Katrina Lindsay is due to take part in the race for life in Trentham just a week after finishing her cancer treatment -Credit:Cancer Research UK

Shortly after her own cancer diagnosis Katrina, who works as a practice manager at Longton-based Chesworth Solicitors, underwent six courses of chemotherapy which saw her lose her hair. That was followed by an operation to remove the tumour in September last year.

She then had four weeks of intense radiotherapy over Christmas and New Year and then another nine courses of chemotherapy which she finished just last week. The mum-of-one said: “The operation to remove the cancer went well but the radiotherapy was very difficult for me. It was harder than the chemotherapy as it left me feeling very sore with red, burnt skin and I also had covid at the same time.

"It’s been a long, hard journey which I wouldn’t have been able to do without the support of family, friends and work colleagues who have been absolutely amazing – especially my mum and Neil who were there when I rang the bell twice. When I rang the bell recently, I was so relieved that I rang it so hard and actually broke it!

"The help I have received from Pink Sisters & Misters – a support group based in Stoke-on-Trent – has also been brilliant. I have been a little depressed as I used to do a lot of aerobics and dancing but it’s difficult for me now as the chemotherapy means I don’t have any energy.

"I started an early menopause and put weight on and I also have tingling in my feet due to the nerve endings which means I lose balance easily. It is difficult when you have been active in the past, but I try to remain positive and have just started swimming.”

Katrina Lindsay is due to take part in the race for life in Trentham just a week after finishing her cancer treatment
Pictured with her fiance, Neil
Katrina Lindsay is due to take part in the race for life in Trentham just a week after finishing her cancer treatment Pictured with her fiance, Neil -Credit:Cancer Research UK

The Trentham Estate event will be Katrina’s fourth Race for Life event having raised in the region of £1,000 for Cancer Research UK previously. The charity is also invited people to sign up for other events including the Pretty Muddy at Central Forest Park on July 28.

Cash raised through previous events has helped develop radiotherapy which benefits more than 130,000 people with cancer in the UK every year.

Louise Elliott, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson in the West Midlands, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Katrina for her support. No matter how cancer affects us, life is worth racing for. Sadly nearly one in two of us will get cancer in our lifetime.** Race for Life has the power not only to transform lives, but to save them. We’re proud that Race for Life has already helped double survival rates in the UK. We’d love for as many people as possible across the West Midlands, Staffordshire and beyond to join us at Race for Life. It’s a chance to feel the power of moving together with fellow Race for Lifers and to treasure that moment of crossing the finish line.”

For more details on the event - and to sign up - click here.

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