‘I realised I could do it myself’
Sue Harbottle-Sear, 59, from East Sussex, credits cancer with helping her set up her own business…
When I was recalled after a routine mammogram at the start of 2017, I knew it wasn’t going to be good news. Tests uncovered a tumour hiding behind my nipple. Single, I’d just started a new job as a business development manager and was determined to keep working. After a mastectomy, the surgeon explained the tumour was larger than they’d originally thought. After six cycles of chemo, I had 15 rounds of radiotherapy. My boss wasn’t understanding and, just as I reached the end of radiotherapy, I was let go.
Instead of life returning to normal, everything fell apart. I had to sign on, but after such gruelling treatment, I could barely job hunt.
At job interviews, I explained I wanted to work part time because I was recovering from cancer. I never heard back from anyone.
A friend ran an organic soft drinks range, so I offered to take over his social media pages. Within weeks, he had more customers.
In January this year, I set up my own company, Konzepts. I wanted to support small, rural businesses. I’ve even been shortlisted as Best Rural Start Up at the Rural Business Awards 2018.
Cancer pushed me out of the world I thought I wanted to be in, then it set me free.
Sue believes cancer set her free