Christine’s story

Meet Christine. She is living with incurable cancer, but she’s determined to live life to the full. Find out why she is taking on the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run…

In 2012, Christine was diagnosed with an exceptionally rare cancer called adenoid cystic carcinoma.

In January 2013, she underwent a twelve-hour operation to remove the tumour. Part of her jaw was also removed and replaced with her hip bone and surgeons also removed part of her tongue.

“I think I completely underestimated the gravity of it and the impact it would have on my life afterwards. My face completely changed and I had to learn to eat, drink, talk and walk again.”

Despite recovering well, Christine’s cancer returned in 2014. Doctors found secondary tumours on her lung and diagnosed her with incurable, but treatable, cancer.

“I felt absolutely crushed. My 14-year-old daughter, Victoria, was devastated and really struggled to come to terms with everything.”

However, four years since the second diagnosis, Christine says she feels fitter than ever and is living life to the full – she’s even keen to run a marathon one day!

“Of course, I have terrible down days when I think about what the future might hold, but I pick myself up and get back out there.  Cancer hasn’t stopped me doing all the things I love.”

Christine is excited to make the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run her next challenge. Join her at the start line and help Cancer Research UK bring forward the day when cancers like Christine’s can be cured.

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Are you taking part because you or a loved one have been touched by cancer? Do you have a story that could inspire others to raise money for life-saving research? If so, then please share your story with Cancer Research UK.