Scots mum told she had cancer on birthday described moment as 'some present'

A Scots mum has told how she discovered she had cancer on her birthday. Jill MacGregor, 58, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, describing the news as “some birthday present”.

She underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy until her treatment ended in June 2014. Jill, from West Lothian, woman was given the shock diagnosis in 2013 while celebrating her birthday.

She has marked her milestone of being 10 years clear of the disease by launching Race for Life in Edinburgh. Jill kicked off Cancer Research UK's event by sounding the horn to send more than 1,300 people on their way at the event in Holyrood Park.

More than £147,000 was raised in total at Race for Life Edinburgh, vital funds which will enable scientists to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer helping to save more lives. The now 58-year-old mum endured surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy after being diagnosed with breast cancer on November 28, 2013.

She said: "It was some birthday present to find out I had cancer. But once there was a treatment plan in place and I knew more about what lay ahead I felt more in control.”

Jill has encouraged people to make sure to check themselves for potential signs of cancer. She said: “I think it’s so important that cancer is detected early.

“No matter how insignificant a symptom may seem, if it doesn’t go away it’s important to speak to your doctor."

Jill, who works as a fitness instructor, kicked off Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life at the event at Holyrood Park on Saturday, June 2. Following her treatment, the determined mum now runs 14 Glow exercise classes across Edinburgh every week.

She said: "It is a privilege to start Race for Life Edinburgh in honour of everyone going through cancer right now. It felt important to push the boundaries to celebrate 10 years of being cancer free.

“I’m also supporting in memory of some beautiful friends who have suffered and we’ve lost to this horrible disease.”

Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK’s spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part in Race for Life Edinburgh. 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.”

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