Young mum Faye Ward is facing cancer head-on - by using her condition to raise cash for research.
Brave Faye, 32, underwent a hysterectomy operation after a biopsy revealed a sizeable growth on her ovaries. She was thrilled when she was informed that the growth was non-malignant.
But just a week after the celebrations, Faye’s elation crumbled when she was recalled to Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital on March 12 and given a different diagnosis - that she did indeed have cancer.
“It was a huge shock,” said Faye, who lives at Willow Street, Conisbrough. She has now begun six months of chemotherapy at the Chatsworth House suite, Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Faye’s reaction to the news stunned her family and friends. She immediately proposed to her partner Martin Ward then set about planning a fundraiser...
Knowing she would lose her long blonde hair as a side-effect of chemotherapy, she decided to collect sponsorship to have her head shaved, so her hair might then be used to create wigs for children with cancer.
Care worker Faye told the Times: “All I had by way of symptoms was a dull tummy-ache. I first went to the doctor’s last November as my gut instinct was that something was wrong.
“If anything is to come from this then I want it to be a warning. Women must be persistent with their doctors if they feel something isn’t right. You have to shout about it.”
She continued: “I’ve always been healthy. My cancer was caught in the early stages, but I could have dismissed the symptoms as trivial!”
Faye, who has one teenage son, first visited the doctor last November. She was cleared of cervical cancer but insisted more tests needed to be done. Once scans revealed the growth on her ovaries an operation was booked on February 23. On March 5 she received good news, then on March 12 the not so good....
“I felt I had to do something momentous,” said Faye. Martin, her partner of four years accepted her proposal and the pair plan to wed on Faye’s birthday, November 13.
Last Wednesday, Faye had her head shaved at Diva’s Salon, Conisbrough, to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.
Afterwards, she told the Times: “It was initially upsetting because I’m so used to my long hair, but it would be worse to see long clumps fall out.
“I’ve been wearing a headscarf but I went to the pub that same evening and took my scarf off. I’ve got to say, no-one blinked an eye....that’s really encouraged me.”
To contribute to Faye’s cause, use collection boxes at Diva’s hair salon or the Red Lion pub at Conisbrough. Faye has already raised over £300 and thanks all who have supported her.