Amanda Grayson is determined to do whatever it takes to cross her half marathon finish line this year after a personal promise.
Amanda Grayson, 47, says it will feel like she's 'kicked cancer's butt' when she crosses the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon finish line on Sunday 14th April.
In 2016, Amanda Grayson ran the Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon aware she had a slight lump on her right breast.
She put it down to all the training she had been doing.
But a month after the half marathon during a visit to the doctor with her young daughter, who had a chest infection, Amanda asked for the lump to be examined.
Following a mammogram and biopsy, she was told she had breast cancer.
Amanda, who lives in Sheffield with her husband, Nick, and three children, said: “We have no family history of breast cancer.
“I was told I was going to have to have a mastectomy of my right breast and an implant, plus I would have to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I had the operation on July 11th 2016 - I remember the date well as it’s my twin boys’ birthday.”
The operation went well and in August Amanda started chemotherapy.
“This was tough and I did lose a lot of my hair, even though I used the cold cap. But I got through it and in January and February 2017 I had radiotherapy - 25 sessions. So it was all over by the end of February 2017 and I went back to work in March 2017.
“The chemo was tough on my body, but I promised myself I would get fit enough to do the 2018 Asda Foundation Sheffield Half Marathon for Macmillan Cancer Trust.
"The service MacMillan provide is vital. As I remember when I went for my first chemotherapy session, they took me to a room and discussed the support they could provide emotionally and financially. Although I didn't need this, I thought what a weight off people’s shoulders to know they didn't have to worry and what a wonderful thing to do.
Amanda did the Dronfield 10K last year 'to see if she could still run' and is now determined to reach the Sheffield Half Marathon finish.
She said: “I wouldn't call in running as I am very slow - more of a slow jog, fast walk.
“But I know when I cross the line at the Sheffield Half Marathon I will be so elated and it’s an acknowledgement to myself that I kicked cancer’s butt!”