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'My nightmare is over, now I can help others'
4:00pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
EVERY day Laura Stonehouse woke up after being diagnosed with cervical cancer was like waking up in a bad dream.
Mrs Stonehouse was diagnosed with the illness in April and began intensive treatment in June.
But on Wednesday, she was given the clinical all-clear and plans to celebrate by organising a fundraiser for Jo’s Trust, a national cervical cancer charity.
She said: “Every day from when I was diagnosed until Wednesday, it has been like waking up in bad dream.
“It was so hard not having any security or really even knowing how long I had left.
“I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”
The 24-year-old mum-of-two, who works in insurance and lives in Stanway, now wants to raise awareness of cervical cancer and said even though schoolgirls are given a preventative vaccination, it is still possible to get the disease.
She added: “I really get the feeling girls think once they have had the vaccination there is nothing to worry about.
“That’s not the case and even though they will all be told they’re not really at risk until they are 25, it can happen and it does happen.”
Cervical cancer was initially ruled out when Mrs Stonehouse first went to the doctor because she is aged under 25.
She saw three doctors before she was diagnosed.
Since June, she has been attending chemotherapy and radiotherapy appointments at Essex County Hospital and internal radiotherapy appointments in Southend.
She said: “It has really had an affect on my children.
“They might not exactly know what cancer is, but they know when I’ve got back from the hospital, mummy is too tired to play with them.
“My family has been great, the support from them has kept me going.”
Mrs Stonehouse’s first fundraiser will take place on September 13 at Eight Ash Green Cricket Club, between 7pm and 11pm.
Entrance is free but she hopes to use a raffle and barbecue to raise money.
To sponsor the event or add items for auction, email laurann1989@ gmail.com.
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