A mum who lost three stone in weight after cancer treatment hopes to gain a few extra pounds by taking part in an annual fundraising race.
Janine Stead, who lives in Westfields, Easton-on-the-Hill, is set to join thousands of women in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, which takes place at Burghley Park at 11am on Sunday.
Mum of two Janine says having cancer has changed her life for the better, giving her the drive to lose weight and achieve her dream of owning a horse.
Now she wants to raise funds for life-saving research to help more people like her survive and is urging women to sign up for Sunday’s event.
Janine said: “I’m one of the lucky ones. This time last year I found it very difficult to be reminded about my cancer but now I want to turn the experience into a positive one and raise a bit of money so that everyone can be a survivor like me.”
Janine was diagnosed with cervical cancer in August 2011 after visiting her GP to check out an unusual watery discharge.
She said: “I was referred to a specialist but I just thought it was polyps so I didn’t worry about it.
“I had a biopsy done and two days later I had a phone call asking me to go to Peterborough Hospital and take someone with me. I knew then that it was cancer.
“I went home and cried my eyes out and I haven’t cried again since.”
Janine underwent a radical hysterectomy six weeks later and within three months she was building stables for her new horse Westley.
She said: “A couple of days after I was diagnosed my husband said he would buy me a horse when I got better.
“Wesley arrived a few weeks after I came out of hospital. He’s the light of my life and he’s completely changed my life. I’m a much more active person and although people say you always put on weight after a hysterectomy I was determined to lose it.”
Janine weighed 15st 2oz before diagnosis and has managed to slim down to 12st after joining Weight Watchers.
She hopes to reach her goal of 11st within a year and is taking part in Sunday’s event with her daughter Amelia.
Cheering them on from the sidelines will be her husband Mark and their son Spencer, 13.
More than 2,900 women are expected to take part in the event, in which participants can choose to complete a 5k or 10k route. To enter Race for Life, visit www.raceforlife.org, or call 0845 600 6050.