Donna Compton Shares her Thoughts on Breast Cancer and Tells us Why She Will Cycle 100km to ‘Just Get Rid’
Breast cancer will not get the best of 46-year-old Leicestershire driving instructor Donna Compton who is set to conquer a 100km bike ride with Women V Cancer Ride the Night. The event unites thousands of women with one vision – to beat cancer once and for all.
Donna Compton, from Rothley in Leicestershire, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in May 2015. After noticing a lump in her left breast following a gym session Donna decided to visit her doctors. A mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy later and her results showed a benign cyst and two tumours in both breasts. The news left Donna with no other option that to receive a double mastectomy.
Now as we approach Breast Cancer Awareness Month we speak to Donna about her journey;
“Cancer has changed my life. I have got to the point where I have given my job up temporarily because as a driving instructor I feel as if I can’t fully commit to my clients 100 per cent.
“There are days when I’m fine and other days I am suffering badly from post chemotherapy.
“We’re not ill, we are just carrying the cancer around with us and we need to speak openly about it.”
Since her diagnosis, she has been working on her own blog ‘Just Get Rid’ speaking about her journey and thoughts on the disease. The blog, she hopes, will act as a support to other women going through the same thing.
Looking for another way to raise awareness, Donna decided to sign up to Women V Cancer Ride the Night, the UK’s only all female night time bike ride which aims to put the brakes on cancer.
Now in its third year, the event unites women raising awareness and hope for a cure. So far the event has raised millions for the three charities, Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action and with help of brave women like Donna, they hope to raise even more next year.
Donna spoke if her preparation for the event;
“My friend and I will be riding together and we’re both really looking forward to it. I often do 10k bike rides in my spare time I am definitely looking forward to a 100km challenge.
“After being told I had Breast Cancer I realised I wanted to be there for other women and their families. The support from other likeminded women participating in the event is amazing.”
Tom Whitehead, Senior Sporting and Challenges Events Manager at Breast Cancer Care said:
“We are incredibly excited to be a charity partner for Women V Cancer Ride the Night and we’re so grateful to Donna and ever other woman for entering. The money raised makes a huge difference to the 55,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year and we can’t wait for this amazing event.”
On Saturday 28th May 2016, after being treated to a pink themed fireworks display and entertainment at Royal Windsor Racecourse, the women will set off on a route through London which takes them past many famous London landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.
To join the thousands of women putting the brakes on cancer, visit ridethenight.co.uk and enter now.
If you would like to support Donna’s ride, her Justgiving page can be found at justgiving.com/Donna-Compton.