Inspirational Burnley woman shares her story of battling breast cancer in her 30s
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When Jade Rees was diagnosed with the condition, she began writing about her experiences to help show how it can impact younger people.
One year later, the mum is celebrating the end of radiotherapy, joining loved ones last Friday for a party organised by her friend Charlene Gordon at Ighten Mount Club. Businesses also donated 35 prizes for a raffle, with the proceeds being split equally between charities, Cancer Research UK and CoppaFeel!
Charlene said: "Jade has been an inspiration with how she has dealt with it all, so we wanted to organise a party to say well done.
"We also wanted to do something for charity to help raise awareness that cancer happens to so many younger people: you don't have to be in your 50s."
When Jade found a lump on one of her breasts, she "brushed it off and didn’t get it checked for ages."
But when the devastating diagnosis came, "there was a lot of shock as we had always associated cancer with older people. At first, we didn't understand much about it.
"When she first told me about it, I was in disbelief. I thought, 'You don't get cancer at that age.'"
Jade then began writing about having chemotherapy, two operations, and radiotherapy and encouraged people of all ages to get any unusual bodily changes checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.
"So many people were reading it. I thought it was brave and I am proud of how she has dealt with it all."
Despite being poorly at times due to chemotherapy, Jade did not let cancer stop her from spending time with her loved ones, including BBQs with friends.
"She's lovely, very outgoing and chatty with a positive outlook. She has two children and two stepchildren and is very nurturing. She previously worked in a care home looking after the elderly and was loved there."
Last week, husband David and daughters Lacey and Alice joined Jade at Royal Preston Hospital to mark a huge milestone in her journey by ringing the bell after completing radiotherapy.
As Charlene added: "Sometimes you think if you get diagnosed with cancer, that's it, but you can come out the other side."