New mum is face of Stand Up To Can­cer

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

A new mother who was di­ag­nosed with can­cer when her son was eight months old is back­ing a cam­paign urg­ing peo­ple to stand up to the disease.

Shiela Laramore, 33, was di­ag­nosed with ag­gres­sive Hodgkin lym­phoma, a can­cer of the white blood cells, on Septem­ber 23 last year.

Af­ter chemo­ther­apy from last Oc­to­ber un­til De­cem­ber and three weeks of ra­dio­ther­apy in Jan­uary she was de­clared can­cer free in May. Mrs Laramore has now been cho­sen as the face of Scot­land’s Stand Up To Can­cer cam­paign, a joint fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive from Can­cer Re­search UK and Chan­nel 4 which aims to speed up the de­vel­op­ment of new treat­ments.

Mrs Laramore, an RAF As­so­ci­a­tion wel­fare of­fi­cer from Dun­bar, East Loth­ian, whose son Harry is now one, said: “No­body should have to worry about not see­ing their chil­dren grow up. When I first learned I had can­cer I just sat there think­ing ‘That’s it. I’m go­ing to die.’ I kept think­ing ‘Am I go­ing to live to see my baby be­come a lit­tle boy and grow up?’ But I got through can­cer and I know re­search saves lives. That’s why I’m giv­ing my heart­felt sup­port to join the re­bel­lion.

“Stand Up To Can­cer raises money to speed up more ef­fec­tive treat­ments for peo­ple who need it.

She and hus­band Gabriel, 31, strug­gled to take in news of the di­ag­no­sis.

How­ever doc­tors said al­though her can­cer was ag­gres­sive, it was also treat­able. She added: “My can­cer was caught early which means it was eas­ier to treat. But I’d urge any­one who no­tices any­thing out of the or­di­nary to go to the doc­tor.” Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have risen by a third in the last year, with cam­paign­ers warn­ing the “alarm­ing” in­crease is plac­ing a “heavy strain” on the NHS and care ser­vices.

A to­tal of 570 deaths from the disease were recorded from March to June 2017, new data from the Na­tional Records of Scot­land showed, a rise of 33.4% on the same pe­riod last year and more than dou­ble that in 2014.

A fur­ther 936 deaths in Scot­land were a re­sult of de­men­tia, with this hav­ing in­creased by 16.9% over the year.

Deaths from coro­nary heart disease fell by 5.3% to 1,590 in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2017, and there was also a slight de­crease in can­cer deaths, which were down 0.8% to 3,831.

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