When Lorna McNee was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, aged just 45, she was devastated.
However, the determined mum-of-two didn’t let the illness break her spirit and instead worked throughout her treatment and lived life as normally as possible.
Lorna had an aggressive form of cancer and needed chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a mastectomy.
When her treatment finished successfully in the spring, she determined to do something to help other women and men suffering from similar conditions.
A home care manager with Falkirk Council, she said: “When I was diagnosed, I found the help from Breast Cancer Care invaluable.
“They don’t provide medical help but offer support in the form of a helpline, online forum and events.
“I was taken for a weekend away with other younger female sufferers and went on a Look Good, Feel Better course which I found incredibly useful.
“Lots of people don’t realise you don’t just lose the hair on your head with chemo but also your eyelashes and eyebrows.
“The courses offered by Breast Cancer Care teach you how to make yourself look and feel a bit more like normal.
“At a time where you’re not feeling your best it was a great pick-me-up.”
Lorna lives in Campfield Street, Falkirk, with husband Alan, son Andrew (22) and daughter Laura (19).
To repay the charity for its help she organised a pink day at work with sister-in-law Rhona Price organising one at her workplace too. Montana Home Care, which works alongside Falkirk Council’s homecare service, pledged £500 to her fundraising and her friend Arlene Carroll donated the collection from the funeral of her mother, Moira Goldie from Bainsford, adding a further £270 and pushing the total to over £2000.
She said: “I’ve been overwhelmed with how generous people have been and plan to continue fundraising for Breast Cancer Care.
“Just knowing there is someone on the end of a phone to talk to if things get too much if brilliant for people going through cancer.
“I was lucky to have a very supportive family and employers. My mum, Betty, came with me to every appointment and I was able to come back to work on the days I felt well enough. It kept some normality in my life but others aren’t so fortunate and, in a situation like that, the support offered is priceless.”
The mum is also part of a private Facebook group for women in Central Scotland affected by breast cancer called The Gabbies. The group meet socially and provide support for those going through cancer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Lorna is still fundraising for Breast Cancer Care, to donate visit www.justgiving.com/Lorna-McNee