Hatfield mum stages Macmillan coffee morning after skin cancer battle
PUBLISHED: 09:54 07 September 2016
A single mum from Hatfield was diagnosed with cancer just months after holding her first Macmillan fundraiser.
Emma Booth, 47, held her first coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in September 2015 only to discover she had skin cancer.
“I organised the event for the Welwyn and Hatfield Social Times, a social group I run,’ she explained. ‘Little did I know, a few months later, I’d be diagnosed with cancer.’
Emma had noticed a small mole on her arm years before but when it turned dry and itchy she decided to get it checked out.
“The doctor looked at it and said it needed to be removed. I told my boys about the operation and stressed that, once the mole was gone, I’d be ok.”
But a few weeks later, Emma received a call telling her to see the consultant immediately.
“From midday to 5pm that day was the worst wait of my life,” she said.
The consultant told Emma she had melanoma and that she needed a further operation.
“He explained moles are measured in millimetres. Mine was 9mm. If it was 10mm or more, he would’ve had to remove my lymph nodes too. I was ‘lucky’, he said.”
Emma had the second operation, removing more skin from where the mole had been.
“I was awake the whole time. The mole had been under my elbow so I had to sit with my arm tucked behind my head as they dug in. It was bizarre.”
However, she admits her real wobble came a few weeks later when, once again, she received a letter moving her appointment forward.
“I remembered the consultant had given me a business card for a Macmillan nurse. He hadn’t explained what she was for but I found myself dialling her number.
“She completely put my mind at rest and told me my treatment had been a success. They’d had a cancellation so moved my appointment forward so I could get the all clear from the doctor.”
Emma will continue to see a consultant or nurse specialist every 13 weeks for the next five years.
“I’m now living beyond cancer but the impact of it is still there. Every time I get an itch or pain, I wonder if it’s come back.”
As a result, this year, Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning will feel different for Emma.
“It’s more poignant now. My event is on Saturday, October 1, so we can get as many of the group there as possible. It’s a chance to catch-up with friends and give something back to the charity that helped me.”
To get your free Coffee Morning kit, which includes all the things you need to host your event, visit www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk
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