Doing Electric Run for breast cancer

Dunstable mum Nikki Satchell whose cancer has returned for a third time
Dunstable mum Nikki Satchell whose cancer has returned for a third time

Dunstable mum Nikki Satchell, 39, would like nothing more than to don her glad rags and join her seven girlfriends at the Electric Run at Wembley on May 2.

It’s in aid of Breast Cancer Concern – a cause that’s very close to her heart, as both she and her elder sister have the disease.

But Nikki – who was first diagnosed when she was just 32 and again a year later – has recently been told it’s back for a third time and is too poorly to attend.

“It’s been really tough, not just for me but also for my family and friends,” she said.

Both she and her sister have the hereditary BRCA2 gene, which significantly raises the risk of developing the disease.

It became headline news when movie star Angelina Jolie revealed she’d had her ovaries removed and a preventative double mastectomy after discovering she had the rogue gene.

Nikki’s main concern is children. “It’s had a massive impact on them,” she said. “They just want to be with mum all the time. But we’ve all had counselling and that definitely helps.”

She’s also keen that young women should not to be fobbed off by the medical profession if they feel a lump. “I was told mine was probably just a cyst,” she said. “But I insisted on having further tests and they found three tumours.

“I remember feeling sick, and sad, when I got the results of the biopsy. My children were two and five and I didn’t know what to do. But my parents have been amazing and so have my friends.”

The former Manshead pupil said: “I’d love to be with the girls at Wembley. But I can hardly walk, let alone run. I’m hoping to be well enough to be at the finishing line and there for the after party.”

She’s elated that the Electric Run is raising money for Macmillan Nurses.

“They’ve been my backbone for the past seven years,” she said. “They’re always there, at the drop of a hat. You have your own personal nurse who gets to know you. And if you’re feeling down, it could be something as simple as sorting out your medication.”

Fellow Manshead friend Kerrie Duggan said: “Nikki’s an inspiration. She’s always loads of fun and has a big laugh and a big heart.”

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