Jules Peters has praised the doctor who “saved her life” and bravely revealed the extent of the surgery she has undergone in a bid to encourage other women to check their breasts.
Mum-of-two Jules, who is married to Alarm frontman Mike Peters, was diagnosed with breast cancer on July 4, 2016 after finding a lump in her breast.
She underwent two operations at Ysbyty Gwynedd with consultant breast surgeon Ilyas Khattak followed by 18 weeks of chemotherapy and four weeks of radiation treatment at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
She said: “It was a very upsetting time and I thought the first operation would just remove the lump but we were left devastated following the surgery when we were told a second lump was found.
“As Mr Khattak was operating on me his finger touched something that didn’t feel quite right to him and he decided to take it out, biopsied it, and found it was more cancer.
“I had five or six very small areas of cancer, two of which were in my lymph nodes.
“If it had not been for Mr Khattak spotting that there wasn’t something right during the surgery I may not have been as lucky as I have been; he is an amazing surgeon and I really believe he has saved my life.”
Jules has spoken candidly about her life-changing battle with the disease to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month.
The 50-year-old, who is mum to Dylan, 12 and Evan, 10, has been by her 58-year-old husband’s side throughout his lengthy journey battling cancer.
When she too was diagnosed the family were left “devastated” but determined.
She underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatment at the North Wales Cancer Centre at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and walked back and forth the 10 miles from her home in Dyserth each day.
She said: “The teams at Ysbyty Gwynedd and the North Wales Cancer Centre were excellent with me throughout my cancer journey.
“The breast cancer nurses are absolutely amazing; they immediately put you at ease – I will never forget what they have done for me.”
Mrs Peters is urging women to check their breasts regularly.
She said: “I would urge all women to check their breasts at least once a month, I know so many women are busy with their careers and being mums but it is so important to remember to do this.
“Let’s not be shy and there is nothing embarrassing about checking your own body, you need to check your breasts deeply and also look at yourself in the mirror to see if you notice anything different.
“If you find a lump or are concerned with any changes to your breasts, go to your doctor straight away, don’t waste any time.
“I wanted to speak out about my experience to encourage other women to check themselves regularly – my cancer journey was a battle but I have beaten it and that’s thanks to our amazing NHS – they are amazing people, I owe them everything,” she added.
She has now completed her treatment and is under observation. Her husband Mike continues to receive treatment for leukaemia at the Alaw ward at Ysbyty Gwynedd.
Source : DailyPost