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Cancer-survivor to tackle Himalayas for south east London cancer-support charity

PUBLISHED: 15:08 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:08 29 July 2016

Eleanor Jones is trekking the Himalayas for South East London Breast Cancer Trust

Eleanor Jones is trekking the Himalayas for South East London Breast Cancer Trust

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Eleanor Jones will trekking the mountains in April

Miss Jones during her treatmentMiss Jones during her treatment

A cancer-survivor who was diagnosed with the illness a week before her 33rd birthday is preparing to trek the Himalayas next year.

Eleanor Jones claims surviving cancer taught her that “you only live once” and is trekking the mountains in Asia for a cancer support charity.

The Bromley Common resident had a double-mastectomy during her treatment last year, but says she is fully recovered now.

She said: “The first time I ever checked myself for a lump I found something, I thought I was imagining it so I went to the doctors and she said I wasn’t.

“Within three weeks I was diagnosed and doctors told me they would have to remove my right breast as part of the treatment.

“I asked if they could do both, as long as they can give me the reconstructive surgery as I am a young woman.”

Despite doubling the risk of infection, surgeons removed both of Miss Jones’ breasts – and that was just the start of her treatment.

But in October last year, Miss Jones was officially cured of the disease.

After beating cancer, the City-worker has decided to go on a fundraising expedition through the Himalayas next April.

She said: “I love travelling, I used to be an air stewardess, so strange countries aren’t odd to me.

“You only live once and that’s what cancer teaches you”.

Having just started her training and fundraising, the 33-year-old admits she is “petrified of heights” but is looking forward to the challenge.

As Miss Jones gathers sponsors, she has already received a £500 donation from local business JMF Associates.

Any money raised will be going to the South East London Breast Cancer Trust.

The charity, which provides cancer support to patients being treated at hospitals across Bromley, Bexley and beyond, had raised funds to buy a lymph node analyser – a piece of technology that Miss Jones used during her treatment.

She explained: “When you have breast cancer you have to get your lymph nodes tested to see if it is spreading.

“It’s such a frightening time, and most people have to wait weeks for the results - it’s like a death sentence hanging over your life.

“But thanks to the charity, I woke up from surgery and the doctors were able to tell me there and then what was happening.

“Honestly, it makes such a difference, once you know what you’re dealing with you feel like you’ve got a sense of control.”

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