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Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS - Ben Ra­m­age

A Dum­fries fire­fighter is tak­ing on a half marathon just one year af­ter beating can­cer.

Su­san Maxwell, 49, was train­ing hard last April for the Great Cum­brian Run be­fore re­ceiv­ing the dev­as­tat­ing news she had “very ag­gres­sive” breast can­cer.

The mum-of-one had a mas­tec­tomy and re­con­struc­tive surgery and is on Sun­day set to fi­nally com­plete the same run she couldn’t tackle last year .

Su­san said: “It was dif­fi­cult to take when I got the di­ag­no­sis in April last year.

“I went for the scans and when it came back you could see the can­cer clearly. It was very ag­gres­sive and had spread in small clus­ters – it looked like car­tridge shot.

“I took the de­ci­sion to get the mas­tec­tomy. I was of­fered chemo and ra­dio­ther­apy af­ter the oper­a­tion but the risks and side ef­fects out­weighed the ben­e­fits. So the choice was ob­vi­ous.”

Hus­band Les, son Christo­pher, friends and the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice ral­lied round Su­san as she faced the prospect of an eight-hour oper­a­tion and a lengthy re­cov­ery.

But even af­ter her di­ag­no­sis and be­fore her oper­a­tion the keen ath­lete con­tin­ued run­ning in events and took part in the Kirkcud­bright 10km race.

Su­san said: “I worked right up un­til my oper­a­tion. The sup­port of my fam­ily and friends was in­valu­able but the ser­vice re­ally bent over back­wards to help me.

“I’ve been run­ning for about 20 years now – for fit­ness as well as the en­joy­ment of it and I reg­u­larly run 10ks.

“It was a big oper­a­tion but I was back on my feet in no time.”

“I want to thank the surgery team, sur­geons Mr Bahia and Mr Ca­hoon, as well as all the staff who as­sisted through­out the eight hour oper­a­tion.”

Af­ter get­ting the all-clear, Su­san, who has 20 years’ ser­vice at Dum­fries Fire Sta­tion, is de­ter­mined to help oth­ers bat­tling can­cer by rais­ing money for Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port.

She added: “I re­ally want to push my­self now and go that bit far­ther while rais­ing a bit of money for a good cause and peo­ple less lucky than me.”

To do­nate to Su­san’s cause visit www.just­giv­ing.com/Su­sanMaxwell67.

Grate­ful for sup­port Fire­fighter Su­san Maxwell is rais­ing cash for Macmil­lan

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