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Kerry's story

Kerry Farrant from Haverhill was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28 when she was twelve weeks pregnant with her second child. 

In August 2009, Kerry was lying in bed watching telly with her hands resting between her breasts when she felt a lump like a frozen pea under the skin of her left breast. 

Three weeks later the lump had grown to the size of a baked bean and Kerry was referred to the Cambridge Breast Unit at Addenbrooke’s for tests. 

Following an ultrasound it was revealed that there were three lumps, and biopsy results indicated that they were cancerous. Her immediate concern was for her two-year-old daughter Lacey and unborn child – Kerry had just had her 12 week pregnancy scan.

Doctors told her she would need to have a mastectomy as soon as possible, followed by chemotherapy (which would not penetrate the placenta). 

Kerry’s hair started to fall out in strands just before her second round of chemotherapy, she felt tired and lost her sense of taste. 

At 34 weeks pregnant Kerry was induced and baby Esmay was born weighing 3lbs 14oz. Two days later Kerry had Herceptin treatment while baby Esmay was in the special care baby unit.

Following chemotherapy Kerry required 15 rounds of radiotherapy, and after two years underwent a breast reconstruction.

Today, Kerry’s daughters are 8 and 6 years old. Kerry works part-time at Addenbrooke’s in elderly care and is a dedicated fundraiser for the hospitals. She said: It’s Addenbrooke’s all the way for me. The best treatment and research is here. The doctors and nurses are all lovely – they always have time for you.”