Raising money for a worthy cause
Cancer fight inspired Dunfermline colleagues to raise awareness of a worthy cause
A determined Burntisland woman’s journey through cancer has inspired her – and her colleagues – to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.
Karen, 51, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February this year and continued to work in her senior role as customer experience leader at our Dunfermline call centre, throughout her fight.
Following her diagnosis, subsequent surgery, eight sessions of chemotherapy and 20 sessions of radiotherapy over a period of nine months, Karen took only a few days off work.
And she is now harnessing the strength she’s taken from her battle with the illness to raise awareness and help others.
Karen, who has a daughter Vicky, 32, and three grandchildren – Kobe 10, Kaden, seven, and Jaxson James, three – said: “When I was first diagnosed I said ‘I’m not going to let this get the better of me’. I want to see my grandchildren grow up and get married and I was determined to fight it.
“I had no idea what to expect but I knew I had to just keep going. My hair started to fall out after the first chemo session, so I went to the Turkish barbers and told them to shave it all off! I thought ‘I’m in this process now – I need to just go with it’.
“After the chemo, I went to work feeling so sick – like I had a washing machine in my stomach – but I carried on, determined not to let it get to me. I love my job and being at work definitely helped my recovery.
“Now that I’ve gone through it and I’m recovering, I need to make people aware of the importance of regular checks – and not being afraid of going to the doctor if you think something could be wrong.”
To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Week, Karen took a lead role in organising pink-themed activities and celebrations with her colleagues at our Dunfermline base.
Visitors, including members of the Fife Flyers ice hockey team, came down to join in the fun over the weekend, and there were stalls and activities – all with a pink theme.