Hed­wig Hegter­mans, 55, Kent

The Guardian - - NATIONAL -

“I came here 16 years ago. I fell in love with a Brit and at the time it was eas­ier for me to work here. I en­rolled in a uni­ver­sity pro­gramme and did two de­grees. Sadly, in 2002 I was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer. I got bet­ter thanks to the NHS and since then I’ve vol­un­teered for a breast can­cer char­ity. We woke up on 24 June last year with a shock. It was aw­ful, like hear­ing I had breast can­cer. You can’t be­lieve what you hear and think life will never be the same. I just want to con­tinue to live my life as I did.” In­ter­views by Ha­roon Sid­dique and Lisa O’Car­roll

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