PUBLISHED ON: 15 July 2019

Jill Pindar, of North Muskham near Newark, is getting ready to don her pink jersey as she enters the final few weeks of training ahead of the Prudential Ride London. On 4 August, Jill will set off on the 100-mile cycle route from Surrey to London, but she won’t be alone. Joining her on her crusade to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now will be her two sons, Matt (22) and Ben (25). 

Diagnosed in 2017

In November 2017 Jill, who was 48 at the time, found a lump in her breast. A tissue biopsy revealed that the lump was triple negative stage two, grade three breast cancer.

Jill began chemotherapy in January 2018, followed by a lumpectomy, reconstruction and radiotherapy

To mark the end of her treatment, she entered the ballot for the race - and Matt and Ben were keen to support their mum in this epic challenge. But Jill is no stranger to the saddle. She began cycling and joined her local club back in 2015 and continued to cycle as much as she could during her breast cancer treatment. Now, she believes it made a huge impact in helping her through the ordeal.

Life was a car crash

I’ve really taken to cycling. I love being outdoors in the fresh air and I’ve met some great friends since I started at the club. There’s a real social buzz and, of course, the cake is great too!

During my treatment I managed to keep working and I even got out on the bike, which was great. I think that made a huge difference to me, not just physically but mentally.

Life was a car crash but I had a sense of normality all at the same time. I felt like I was leading two very different lives. My ‘normal’ life and hospital life. But taking part in the Moving Forward course made me realise everything I was feeling was normal. You think you are going through it all on your own but you’re not.

Having family support is really special

I think I’ve made the best out of this year given the circumstances. When you receive a cancer diagnosis, it affects your whole family, so it’s really special that the boys are joining me. My partner Dick will be cheering us along on the day, he is our appointed chief mechanic and brow mopper!

It’s in my interest to raise as much money as possible for Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now to help them provide specialist support and find a cure for this devastating disease.

 

If you would like to support Jill, Matt and Ben you can do so by visiting their JustGiving page. Or, to take on your own fundraising sports challenge, see what events are happening near you.

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