Cancer surviving Rhuddlan great-grandmother urges people to join health study

Reporter:

Terry Canty

A great-grandmother who was diagnosed with cancer has joined a unique health research initiative and is urging others to do the same.

Georgine Gray, 78, from Rhuddlan, has signed up to HealthWise Wales, a flagship study aiming to better understand the health and wellbeing of the nation, and develop better treatments for conditions such as cancer.

People aged 16 and over and living in Wales are being asked to take 10 minutes to complete an online survey, led by Cardiff and Swansea Universities and backed by the Welsh Government.

The great-grandmother of one and grandmother of eight was diagnosed with kidney cancer and lymphoma within months of each other in 2011.

After visiting the doctor with swelling around her stomach, Georgine was sent for a hysterectomy, and during a CT scan before the operation doctors discovered she had kidney cancer.

Three months later, Georgine had an operation to remove four centimetres from her kidney to remove the cancer.

In December of the same year, doctors also discovered lymphoma in her tonsils after an operation in December of the same year.

Following chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, Georgine’s cancer has been in remission for around four years.

She said: “I was lucky enough not to suffer any ill health until I turned 70, and then it seemed like everything hit me at once.

“Thankfully both cancers were caught very early on, with the kidney cancer found when I was having a scan before a hysterectomy.

“2011 was a very difficult year for me, and I’m so grateful I had such a supportive family and amazing care at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

“Looking back, I realise how poorly I really was. I tell everyone about my experience, even people I don’t know, because I want to show them that being diagnosed with cancer isn’t the end of your life. My goal is to be able to help people through it, and let them know that there is hope.

“It’s important to me that as many people as possible sign up to the initiative.”

To find out more and to complete the survey, visit www.healthwisewales.gov.wales, or call the HealthWise Wales team on 0800 9 172 172/02920 768 090 between 8am and 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Email:

terry.canty@nwn.co.uk

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