BRAVE Donna Hannah beat a rare form of cancer – and now she’s determined to help other sufferers.
The 38-year-old had to have a radical hysterectomy after being diagnosed with mesonephric adenocarcinoma – a cancer that has affected just 30 people globally.
In February, the civil servant had her uterus, cervix, ovaries and some pelvic nodes taken out during the major operation, clearing her body of the cancer.
Despite being given the all-clear for cancer, the operation dashed Donna’s hopes of ever having children but she has vowed to use her experience to help others.
From her sick bed, Donna has set about organising a huge fund-raiser in August, with all cash raised going to Northern Cancer Care and Research Society, which focuses on gynaecological cancer.
And she is still ploughing ahead with plans to volunteer her time at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, where she was treated, to offer support to other women battling similar cancers.
Donna said: “I now want to help others and I feel that’s what I should do.
“Through the event, I want to raise money and the profile of the charity, as well as get other women to look out for the signs.
“The fund-raiser is already looking like it’s going to be a great night and everything seems to be coming together,” Donna, of Oxclose, Washington, said.
Two years ago, Donna discovered she had a blocked fallopian tube that led to a build-up of liquid in her uterus.
In April, she was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital suffering from an infection in one of her tubes.
Medics told her she should have it taken out and she had surgery in June.
Earlier this year, Donna was hospitalised when septicaemia developed in her uterus.
Tests flagged up an abnormality and biopsies, and MRI scans, revealed the rare cancer, which usually affects the liver and kidneys, was in her cervix.
Donna is recovering from her operation and is hoping to return to work within four weeks.