COURAGEOUS mum Ann Dagg knows she owes her life to the medics who helped her conquer breast cancer.
The 54-year-old, from Hylton Castle, Sunderland, was diagnosed with the disease last April after a routine check-up.
“It was just a routine scan which showed up the cancer,” she said. “It was a complete shock.
“There was no history of it in my family and I hadn’t had any symptoms.
“If it wasn’t for the scan, I wouldn’t have had a clue.”
The duty shop manager underwent surgery and endured 18-weeks of gruelling chemotherapy, but is now well on the road to recovery.
“Thankfully, they caught it early,” she said. “If it had gone untreated, there was a good chance it would have got a lot worse.
“The treatment was tough, something I never want to go through again, but I’m feeling a lot better.
“It will be a while before I’m officially given the all clear, but my recent tests didn’t show up anything.”
Now Ann is preparing to take part in a seven-mile walk in honour of the medics who saved her life and to raise money to help other cancer sufferers.
The mum-of-two will join a 20-strong group of friends and relations on the trek to raise funds for cancer care at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Gateshead, where she underwent treatment.
The event at the weekend will start at Roker and end at the Little Haven Hotel, South Shields, where Ann married long-term partner Harry, 54, shortly after doctors gave her the devastating news about her cancer.
“We thought it would be a good place to end the walk,” she said. “It will be a big day for us all, but it will be an especially emotional day for me.
“Our wedding day was amazing.
“I was half way through my treatment at the time, but we already had the wedding planned when I was diagnosed.
“When I was told the cancer had not spread, we decided to go ahead with it.
“I was bald because of the treatment, but I wore a wig and we had a fantastic time.”
Ann, who has previously raised hundreds of pounds for the Women’s Cancer Detection Society, said she was confident of completing the walk.
“I’ve done a bit of fund-raising before, but I really wanted to do something for the hospital,” said Ann. “The care they gave me was tremendous.
“I can’t fault them.”
Supporters are invited to join the walkers, who will meet at the Bungalow Cafe, Roker, at 9.30am, on Sunday, and depart at 10am.
Donations and sponsorship are welcome.