Mum of two Diane Bishop from the town of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, couldn’t stop smiling when she won £1.12m on the lottery, just two weeks before doctors told her that her stage 4 breast cancer was finally responding to treatment.
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Diane can now afford to retire from her job at a convenience store, pay off her son’s mortgage and fly to Toronto to be part of new clinical studies for cancer treatment.
She told CBC News: “This money wasn’t about going out and buying a new house or taking trips, this was about survival. I can survive now, and my kids can survive.”
CBC first brought light to her story in October, with strangers making donations to help her get the treatment she needed.
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Diane who was diagnosed last year had been unable to stop working, as she wouldn’t have had the money to pay the mortgage on the families home or support her sons.
She said: “It’s Stage 4, but I’m not giving up. We are still going to do the fight. It’s like this big ball of weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The stress is gone, the anxieties of being sick, I know I can’t beat Stage 4 because you’re a ticking time bomb, but it’s given me hope that maybe it can go dormant for a while … and I can live my life. I may not survive if I get pneumonia, so I had to weigh the pros and the cons and say, ‘OK, you know what, there’s got to be a way to make it if I don’t work. My health has to come first. She has already used the money to buy a therapeutic bed, and a special chair for her to sit in whilst recovering from her chemotherapy, but her biggest relief is that she can leave her sons with financial stability. I can pay all our debts off and we get a clean slate, if I need to go anywhere, there’s still money left over. I can invest the rest for the future, and it makes life a whole lot easier.”
According to the NHS , Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50, but younger women can also get breast cancer.
About one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in its early stages.
For this reason, it’s vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always get any changes examined by their GP.