A brave mum shed almost half her body weight – 119lbs – after doctors revealed her shock cervical cancer diagnosis was related to obesity.
Rebecca Lane, 39, weighed a whopping 18 stone, five pounds when she was diagnosed with stage 1b1 cervical cancer.
Trainee lawyer Rebecca took action when doctors gave her “the worst news” of her life in July 2016 and warned ‘the cancer will come back if you stay as you are’.
She underwent intensive surgery and then joined Weight Watchers in January 2017, and has now shed an amazing EIGHT-AND-A-HALF STONE.
Rebecca, who has shrunk from a size 24 to a svelte size 10, said: “In July 2016 received the worst news of my entire life.
“I was diagnosed with stage 1b1 cervical cancer and it was such an awful shock and not something I wanted to go through being just 36.
“I had suffered a few minor symptoms, but I thought it was just an infection or something.
“Then I went in to have a smear test, because I hadn’t had one in a while, and I was called back in to the hospital and given the news.”
Rebecca, from Sherborne, Dorset., added: “It was a big shock. I was not expecting that at all.
“You just never think it’s going to happen to you. I have honestly never been so scared in all my life.
“The only option I was given was a radical hysterectomy and lymph node dissection. I had the surgery in October 2016, but it was by no means plain sailing.”
Following her recovery from the surgery, Rebecca used the threat of cancer to spur her on in her weight loss with the Weight Watchers programme.
She set herself a goal weight of 10 stone six pounds.
But Rebecca,mum to nine-year-old Jamie, smashed this target and now weighs nine stone 13 pounds, meaning she has lost an incredible 119 lbs in just 18 months.
She said: “The thing that kept me going was the ‘C’ word – every time I would have an off day it would motivate me to carry on.
“My oncologists words I’ll never forget were: ‘You need to really look after yourself now’.
“‘You have to lose your weight and stay at a healthy weight and no yo-yoing, as this type of cancer is related to obesity and it will come back if you stay as you are’.
“I’m so glad she told me because she was right.”
And Rebecca said she would “really recommend” the Weight Watchers programme, saying: “The meetings make a big difference.
“I didn’t even have to go to the gym. I just followed the programme and gradually I found I was getting more and more energy and was able to go out for walks.”
She added: “Keeping healthy for my son was another big motivation in losing my weight. He’s only nine, but even he’s noticed a difference.
“He says things like, ‘Mummy’s got more energy, mummy’s happier’. He gives me so much confidence.
“I feel much better, healthier and have so much more energy. It’s like I’ve come out of a cocoon. I even have a boyfriend now, which is going really well.
“I’m working part-time as an admin assistant at Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne and also completing the third year of my law degree.
“I now have four-monthly check-ups just in case of any reoccurrences – but so far, so good.”