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Survivor is model example


A breast cancer survivor is preparing to take to the catwalk to show other women there is hope after being diagnosed with the disease.

Sarah Turner, of Plungar, in the Vale of Belvoir, is modelling in the Breast Cancer Care charity's London Fashion Show on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old is one of 24 men and women who will be showing off designer clothing from the fashion world's elite in the sophisticated surroundings of the Grosvenor House Hotel, in Park Lane.

Sarah, who has been in remission for the past two years, remembers the moment she was diagnosed with cancer.

"It sounds dramatic but in February 2010, at the age of 35, my world changed forever," she said. "When I was diagnosed with breast cancer it came as a complete smack in the face."

The news seemed more unfair as Sarah and her husband, Alex, had been celebrating the birth of their first child, Lizzie.

With the support of family, Sarah underwent immediate treatment, beginning with four months of chemotherapy, followed by an operation to remove the tumour and a further month of radio therapy.

Although Sarah has been in remission for more than 18 months, the ordeal still haunts her. "It was 12 months of turmoil and a huge emotional roller-coaster," she said.

"I am still recovering, but with the help of my family friends and Breast Cancer Care, I have come through the other side.

"I found most of the support for patients seemed to be aimed at women over 50, but it changed when I saw a leaflet about Breast Cancer Care.

"They were amazing and have a group called the Lavender Trust for younger women, which organised peer group sessions and had a phone service where you could speak to other people in the same position."

One of the toughest things for Sarah was losing her hair during treatment.

However, it inspired her to give up her high-pressured job as a personal assistant in London to start her own business – Elizabeth Rose London – making fashionable hats and headgear for women suffering hair loss.

She has been involved in organising this year's fashion show, a highlight of London Fashion Week, but admitted she was scared at the prospect of walking the catwalk.

Models will parade clothing from fashion houses such as Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood.

"I'm terrified, to be honest," said Sarah. "But excited too."

Husband Alex, 44, said: "Sarah's got nothing to worry about, I'm sure she's going to be a natural. To me, she is and always was glamorous."

Breast Cancer Care chief executive Samia al Qadhi said of the models: "Their courage is an inspiration."

To sponsor Sarah, visit:

www.justgiving.com/ Sarah-Turner20

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