WALKING MIRACLE! CHERIE STEPS OUT FOR CHARITY AFTER SURVIVING TUMOUR THE SIZE OF A4 FOLDER.
By CHARLOTTE PAXTON News Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SHE is a walking miracle - after surviving a tumour the size of an A4 FOLDER.
Cherie Uhrmacher, 36, had been fit and healthy until a sudden fit led to her being put in a medically induced coma for four months.
She was later discovered to have a massive ovarian tumour.
Cherie, who lives in Bromsgrove with husband Lee, says: "I'd had a lot of stomach complaints before I fell ill, but doctors could find nothing wrong. "I'd never had a fit before - I just came home from work one day in 2003 and it happened.
"I had brain swelling so they had to put me into a coma for three months to allow my body to heal.
"But before moving me into a rehabilitation unit, I had a full body scan.
"That's when they found a tumour the size of an A4 folder on my ovary.
"I had to have four operations. The first was to remove the tumour, the second to remove smaller benign tumours and a third when they thought it had spread to my liver - that turned out to be a tumour on my diaphragm. The fourth operation was to check that it had all gone."
Now, Cherie is supporting Cancer Research UK's latest fundraising campaign, Walk All Over Cancer.
"I believe it's thanks to research that I'm still here today and that's why I want to encourage people to put on their walking shoes and join me in the Walk All Over Cancer challenge this June," says Cherie. "Walking 10,000 steps per day is quite task but you can go at your own pace and build the walks into your day-to-day routine.
"For me that means walking with Maisey. The best part about walking is that it's totally free - all you need is a good pair shoes and you're set to go!" Based on the average person's strides, 10,000 steps is round about five miles (8km) a day and adopting small lifestyle changes can take you a long way towards achieving the goal.
Jane Redman, Cancer Research UK's West Midlands spokesman, says: "Cherie's 'walking miracle',' but you don't have to be extraordinary to take up this challenge.
"Every day, around 85 people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands.
"Taking part in Walk All Over Cancer is a great way to fundraise and ensure that more people, like Cherie, survive cancer. "Some of us spend our days transferring from seat to seat, whether that's driving to work, sitting at a desk or enjoying a box set on the sofa.
- of "By signing up to Walk All Over Cancer, participants will start to realise all the opportunities they have to squeeze in some extra steps!
"Over the course of a month, walkers could tread through 150 miles, which is about the distance between Bromsgrove and Exeter!
a "Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK's work has been at the heart of that progress - but every step our doctors, nurses and scientists take relies on donations from the public and the tireless fundraising