Bishop's Stortford tea party for Epping's specialist breast cancer unit raises £1,500
A woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago has raised £1,500 for the specialist unit where she received life-saving treatment.
Almost 100 supporters attended Lynda Courtman’s English country garden-themed tea party at the Bishop’s Stortford Baptist Church Centre in Twyford Road on Saturday (June 29).
Lynda, 55, organised it to raise money for the breast cancer unit at St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping – part of the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust – which was established in 1980 and has progressed to a centre of excellence treating about 300 patients a year.
In June 2016, following a routine mammogram, Lynda was told she had a small but vigorous tumour. It was 16mm at the time of diagnosis; four weeks later, when she was booked in to have it surgically removed, it had grown to 25mm.
The cancerous growth, along with a corresponding quantity of material from the other breast, was removed by Veronica Grassi, a consultant surgeon, and fellow surgeon Ashraf Patel then removed a string of 24 lymph nodes that had been compromised by the cancer. After six hours under the knife, Lynda emerged from hospital the following day.
Lynda, a grandmother of three, then endured chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy to battle the illness. She suffered from a number of painful side effects, including multiple blood clots in her lungs and arteries, but doctors have found no evidence of the tumour having regrown.
Lynda’s husband, Nigel, 62, said: “Recovery from cancer is no walk in the park, and the treatment itself is necessarily extreme and often painful and debilitating. Yet, in the long run, the rewards have been self-evident. Lynda is alive and well and able to continue to pursue a very active, if slightly reduced, mode of living.”
As well as tasty food and drink, party guests, who included Mr Patel, enjoyed music provided by the Bishop’s Stortford Town Band.