An inspirational Snitterby woman is heading out on a 184-mile walk next week to show you can live with cancer and still enjoy life.
Diana Burrows is walking The Thames Path, from its source at Kemble in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier in London to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
“When I was told I have cancer it was like being hit by a sledge hammer,” said Diana, who was diagnosed in 2009.
“But today, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence.
“I dislike being told I am fighting cancer, I am not, I am living with it and in doing so have learned that cancer does not have to dominate your life.
“When I wake up in the morning I think ‘what a lovely day’ not ‘I’ve got cancer’.”
After treatment, Diana was in remission for 18 months, but the cancer returned in 2012 and after undergoing a further two rounds of treatment, she made the decision to stop and take her chance.
Now, Diana is donning her walking boots and aims to walk on average around 15 miles a day.
“My feelings now it is getting close are two-fold,” she added.
“I am very apprehensive, but on the other hand I am looking forward to it.
“It will be quite a challenge for me, but I will do it.”
Diana is hoping to raise £5,000 from her walk, which she will be undertaking mainly on her own, but she will be joined for two days by friends Liz and David Chuck.
And her family will be there to greet her when she reaches the Thames Barrier.
“Because of the work of Cancer Research UK, people like me are living longer and not only living but enjoying life,” said Diana.
“So many of us are affected these days in one way or another.
“There will be a cure one day - it might not help me or many of us at the moment, but it will help our children and grandchildren.”
To support Diana, make a donation by logging on to www.justgiving.com/Dianaburrows