WALK THE WALK Rais­ing money for can­cer re­search

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Through events such as The Moon­walk Lon­don, Walk the Walk has raised over £121 mil­lion, fund­ing vi­tal re­search into breast can­cer. Here, four women share their sto­ries...

‘My life is much more balanced now’ Since be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer, Yin Ye­ung, 42, has carved out time for the things that mat­ter to her

My pre-can­cer life was a hec­tic one – I had two young girls and worked full time. I didn’t have any me-time and never did any ex­er­cise.

I wasn’t even go­ing to bother with the rou­tine med­i­cal or­gan­ised by work in April 2016 be­cause I was too busy. I’m so glad I went. I was of­fered a mam­mo­gram even though I was only 41, and that’s when my breast can­cer was picked up. It was a com­plete shock.

I im­me­di­ately gave up work to fo­cus on my treat­ment, which in­cluded a lumpec­tomy, chemo­ther­apy and ra­dio­ther­apy. Treat­ment was very hard and at times I felt filled with de­spair. But it was once it was fin­ished that I strug­gled emo­tion­ally. Mov­ing on is al­most as tough as liv­ing through the treat­ment be­cause you worry it might come back. Can­cer changes your life for ever.

I’m learn­ing to man­age my fears. I’m back at work and I make sure I carve out more time for my­self. I go out with friends, plan hol­i­days and I’ve fi­nally started to learn how to swim. I’ve also done the Moon­walk and felt a real sense of achieve­ment when I man­aged to com­plete the 26.2 miles.

I’ve worked hard to make changes to my life­style. I want to show ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially my two beau­ti­ful girls, that pos­i­tive things can come out of can­cer.

A night to re­mem­ber: Moon­walk Lon­don

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