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MS mum fights off cancer

Apr 14 2003
By Krysia Diver

A mother with multiple sclerosis has astounded her doctors by beating a serious case of breast cancer.

Karen Davies, of Erdington, was told she had a 25 per cent chance of survival after doctors discovered a large malignant tumour in her right breast.

The product planner underwent six months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy - and almost died following the treatment.

But Mrs Davies was determined to fight her condition and, following a mammogram she has been given the all-clear.

She is now joining forces with work-mates at Beiersdorf to take part in six Race for Life events to help raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Mrs Davies, aged 42, said: “When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis I had a two-year-old daughter. My right arm went completely dead and I couldn’t even carry my little girl.

“I was full of self-pity and nothing would bring me round.

“Then I discovered the lump in my breast and my consultant said I would be lucky to have a 25 per cent chance of pulling through.

“I was mortified, but by then I had been through the whole self pity thing and suddenly realised that the only way to survive was to be positive and fight.”

Mrs Davies said one of the worst experiences of having cancer was losing her Lady Godiva locks.

She said: “One night my head became itchy and my ash blonde hair started falling out in clumps. In half an hour I collected a carrier bag full and then I lost all my eyelashes and eyebrows.

“I was so ashamed to go outside but I put silk scarves on my head.”

Today, Mrs Davies walks tall and is a member of Birmingham athletics club Birchfield Harriers, where she met sprint star Mark Lewis-Francis.

Mark said: “I have known Karen for some time and am really impressed at how she has coped with her battle against cancer.

“She has remained positive and used her enthusiasm for sport to get her through.”

Beiersdorf - the Midland company behind Nivea, Elastoplast, Atrixo and Eucerin - is one of the main sponsors of Cancer Research UK’s annual Race for Life.

• Six Race for Life five-kilometre events will take place across the Midlands in June and July. For details call the race hotline on 08705 134 314 or log on to

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