Every day a gift surviving cancer for Sheffield teacher

Petrina Drury with daughter Ianna, husband Kevin, and their son Kavan.
Petrina Drury with daughter Ianna, husband Kevin, and their son Kavan.
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Happy and enjoying life, Sheffield teacher Petrina Drury is today like any other mum with a busy job and a young family to juggle.

But 10 years ago Petrina, now aged 38, was given devastating news – she had cancer.

Months of treatment at Weston Park specialist cancer hospital followed to save her life.

She took part in a pioneering clinical trial using a new form of chemotherapy to treat Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancerous growth of cells in the lymph system affecting young adults.

As well as the trauma, Petrina and her husband Kevin, 43, faced the prospect that, as a side-effect of chemotherapy, they might not be able to have children.

Fortunately her treatment was a success – and the couple now have their two children, Ianna, seven and Kavan, three.

Petrina, from Tinker Lane, Crookes, is now encouraging others to show her support for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s £1.3 million refurbishment appeal.

The campaign – called Do Your Bit – aims to redevelop the first floor of the hospital, creating a new purpose-built cancer research and treatment suite.

Petrina said: “On September 30 it will be 10 years since I was diagnosed and it will be a very significant anniversary for me – far more significant than my birthday which is three days earlier.

“Ten years is such a milestone in my recovery.

“It’s something not everyone is lucky enough to reach, so I feel very appreciative of the care I’ve received.

“Thanks to wonderful care I’ve received at Weston Park Hospital I came through the cancer and I’ve been fortunate to go on to have children.”

Petrina, who teaches English at All Saints Catholic High School, Norfolk Park, said: “The best part is being able to have a normal life, just like anyone else.

“Getting the children ready for school and nursery, working, coming, home, doing bath and bedtime – it’s not exciting but it is normal!”

n To support the appeal go to www.do-your-bit.org.uk.