Peloton instructor Leanne Hainsby reveals breast cancer diagnosis

A popular Peloton instructor has revealed she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Leanne Hainsby, 35, said in an Instagram post that she was diagnosed with cancer in August 2022.

Describing the period as "unimaginably tough", she said she has completed 12 weeks of chemotherapy and surgery.

In the social media post, she described finding a lump two days before the funeral of her close friend Danielle Hampson - the fiancée of X Factor star Tom Mann.

She wrote: "After multiple scans and appointments with both consultants and cancer nurses, and being completely terrified for a few weeks, in August 2022 I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"Where possible, I have continued to show up as 'normal' but my reality most of the time has looked very different.

"In terms of treatment and navigating my way through up until this point, it has been something I've kept very private," she said.

She added: "As a Peloton instructor, a huge part of my role is all about the members, and despite my diagnosis, that has always mattered to me hugely.

"My classes have given me a focus and some sparkle in an otherwise incredibly tough time so thank you to the members who had no idea the amount of joy they were bringing to me every day.

"To be in the early stages of grief after losing Danielle, and then faced with something like this, has been unimaginably tough, and that still feels like an understatement."

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'I've always felt one of the lucky ones'

Ms Hainsby said she was confident after receiving an early diagnosis and treatment, despite enduring a "cruel 2022".

"I'm in fantastic hands, and I've got this," she said.

"Nobody wants to be sat in a room and told they have cancer, and yet I've always felt one of the lucky ones.

"Lucky to be diagnosed early, lucky to be moving fast through treatment, lucky to know I will be ok."

The next stages of her treatment will involve undergoing surgery to have her portacath - used during chemotherapy - removed, followed by two weeks of radiotherapy, she added.

Ms Hainsby joined Peloton in 2018 as one of the first British instructors. Her following grew as the brand became popular during the pandemic as people locked indoors turned to home workouts.

The popular instructor, from Kent, is a former professional dancer who has worked with the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Kylie Minogue.

She has also danced at events such as the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, the Royal Variety Show, and television programmes The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing.

She became engaged to fellow Peloton instructor Ben Alldis in July 2021 after three years of dating.