WANSTEAD: Cancer survivor to loop-the-loop for charity

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A WOMAN who beat breast cancer will subject her body to high levels of G-Force as she loops-the-loop in a plane for charity.

Carole Edrich, of Selsdon Road, Wanstead, had a mastectomy in 2009 and is still recovering from a six-month course of chemotherapy, three years later.

She battled chronic fatigue brought on by her treatment to complete a 500-mile charity bicycle ride to Ireland in July 2011 and will now take to the skies for the ‘Cyclists Fighting Cancer’ charity at the end of this month.

She said: “I’m going to be the first person to test their post-mastectomy silicone implant to about 4 gravities by looping the loop in an aerobatic plane in North Weald.

“The main aim is to raise lots of money for charity, but there has been a lot of scaremongering about implants in the media and I want to do my bit to prove they are safe.”

Freelance journalist and photographer, Ms Edrich will complete her loop-the-loop as Breast Cancer Awareness month comes to a close.

The campaign is being run by Breast Cancer Care - the only UK-wide charity dedicated to providing emotional and practical support for anyone affected by breast cancer.

Ms Edrich said: “It’s important to get the message out that if you are worried about anything, you should go and see your doctor straight away.

“I have had cancer and I am doing all sorts of things, so I’m proof that it doesn’t have to be a death sentence - but catching it fast is so important.

“People worry about wasting their doctor’s time or, through fear, tell themselves ‘if I don’t think about this maybe it will go away.

“It’s vital that people go to see their doctor if they are in any way worried.”

Ms Edrich had her mastectomy within four days of being diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer.

But she says the chemotherapy which is still affecting her would not have been necessary at all if the disease had been picked up earlier.

“I went to the doctor after my nipple began to itch, but the receptionist turned me away saying that it was just something that happens to women at my age.

“I came back four or five weeks later and they saw me and took me seriously, but had I been diagnosed earlier I believe the cancer might not have reached my lymph nodes and I wouldn’t have had to have had all the chemo.

“The receptionist has left now, and I don’t think there’s any point dwelling on the past, I just want to get on with helping others.

“I think I have raised over £5,000 so far, but it’s never enough.”

To sponsor Carole Edrich visit www.VirginMoneyGiving.com/Dhamaka

To find out more about the charity Cyclists Fighting Cancer, visit cyclistsfc.org.uk

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