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'I am a very positive person and have accepted that life has to go on'

Martha was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 after having kidney cancer in 2011. She can't wait to get glammed up at our Glasgow fashion show.

Martha was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 after having kidney cancer in 2011. She can't wait to get glammed up at our Glasgow fashion show on Wednesday 12 November.

Martha's story

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2013 when I had just turned 70. It was detected after a mammogram. I then returned to have an ultrasound and biopsy; this was followed by an MRI and a mastectomy. I then had another operation to remove lymph nodes.

Physically I have not felt very affected and still lead my life as normal although I have a few problems sleeping but nothing to worry about in the grand scheme of things.

I didn’t have a reconstruction but have found some nice bras which have really helped me regain confidence. I have also found it very helpful visiting the Kilbride hospice day centre.

What would I say to somebody who has been diagnosed with breast cancer? That’s difficult to answer. I am a very positive person and have accepted that life has to go on. I had kidney cancer in 2011 which was worse for me as I had never been ill before. Once I had got over the anxiety of kidney cancer which took a long time it really helped me face the challenge of breast cancer.

I cannot wait to get all glammed up and take to the catwalk!'

Martha will be on the catwalk on 12 November.

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