Woman’s ‘stomach cramps’ after night out turned out to be cancer

A young woman who was told her cancer was incurable has been given new hope following recent chemotherapy treatment.

Jenny Sumner, 32, was diagnosed with anal cancer last year after experiencing stomach cramps following a night out.

Doctors told Jenny they had found a 9cm tumour which had spread to lymph nodes in her lower body.

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For Jenny, one of the most devastating effects of her illness meant the treatment to manage the tumour, will leave her unable to have children.

Shortly after she was diagnosed last year, her long term relationship broke down and she went back home to her family to be looked after while receiving chemotherapy.

Following Jenny's story, ECHO readers expressed their heartfelt support for the Chester florist who has always showed great resilience and spirit faced by her diagnosis.

This week, we managed to catch up with Jenny who said she was "not out of the woods yet" but was able to share some good news following treatment.

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She said: "I finished course of heavy chemotherapy a few weeks ago and from that I had a scan which showed really good news.

"The chemo is working great and it's shrunk the tumour by half, pretty much.

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"There is now potential to cure when in the beginning it was said to be incurable.

"I'm not out of the woods but there's a stronger chance that we might get rid of it than before."

Jenny is now undergoing a course of radiotherapy and a different course of chemotherapy to try and get rid of the tumour.

Despite suffering more debilitating side effects, she remains hopeful that the treatment will continue to show promise.

Jenny added: "I felt positive even from the start. You look at everything definitely when you accept that you might die soon.

"Everything now is just a bonus and I'm just grateful each day. I've got a great family and support network so I'm really lucky to be honest.

"It's strange because I know what I'm going through I just don't see it as cancer. I just think I've got to go to this appointment, I've got to do that.

Jenny Sumner, 32, from Chester was told the devastating news that she would never be able to have children following treatment

"I've just accepted it now and everything else is just a bonus."

Such is Jenny's indomitable spirit, she plans to climb Snowdon at the end of May to raise money for Clatterbridge.

If you would like to donate to Jenny's fundraising page for Clatterbridge Hospital click here.

She added: "I'm excited now for the future because I don't want to waste any time now.

"Now I just want to travel anywhere and spend time with people who deserve my time, you know things like that.

"I feel like I've had a new lease of life – I'm not going to say no to anything."

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