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Breast cancer sufferer Sam Turner is having a double masectomy and is to write a weekly diary in the paper on how she copes throughout. Pictured with daughter Emma, eight
Breast cancer sufferer Sam Turner is having a double masectomy and is to write a weekly diary in the paper on how she copes throughout. Pictured with daughter Emma, eight
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Sam Turner suffered breast cancer at the age of 30 and recently under went a double mastectomy, aged 36.

This is her final diary entry written for The Star in a bid to raise awareness of the issues around the BRCA gene and why women opt for mastectomies.

“As I’m still healing well and haven’t had to go back to the hospital nothing much has changed. For now this will be the last diary entry because until October when I see the consultant again all I can do is continue to heal.

“Although everything is going well I know a lot of people haven’t been as lucky and I think about them often.

“This horrible disease continues to claim lives of people we love so, for me, anything I can do to beat the odds is a bonus. One day I will have to sit and talk to my daughter Emma about the possible effects it will have on her and the decisions she will need to make, but for now I don’t see any point in worrying her.

“She can continue being eight and hopefully by the time she needs to think about it advances in science will make hers a different choice.

“All I can do for now is keep reading about new advances in treatments and continue to raise money for cancer research. My dad, his partner Pauline and myself have started to plan our third year charity event. Last year we raised over £1,000 so big hopes for this year!

“Once again a huge thank you to everyone who has had any part in getting me this far - I couldn’t have done it without you all.”