Gallery: Friends go the whole hog for Sanchia

WHEN Sanchia Holmes discovered a lump underneath her armpit it never crossed her mind that it was potentially life threatening.

WHEN Sanchia Holmes discovered a lump underneath her armpit it never crossed her mind that it was potentially life threatening.

But just a few weeks later the 39-year-old had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was told it had also spread to her lung, liver and spine.

Following a gruelling course of chemotherapy these secondary tumours now seem to have disappeared but she is due to have a breast removed next Thursday in a bid to beat the condition once and for all.

On Sunday her friends and family took part in the Whole Hog charity assault course at Wantisden Hall, near Woodbridge, to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

About 200 people took part in the 8 mile assault course, each raising money for a chosen charity.

Miss Holmes is extremely grateful for their support through what has been a very difficult time - although she knows there is still a long way to go.

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“I first noticed a lump when I came back off holiday from Thailand in April,” Miss Holmes said.

“I'd had several glands come up before so I wasn't really too bothered at first. It was only when it started to get tender that I decided to get it checked out. By June 13 I had been diagnosed with breast cancer.”

Miss Holmes, who works as an IT trainer at St Clements Hospital in Ipswich, has had six courses of chemotherapy and will have to have more once her breast is removed.

“It's still going to be a long haul and the doctors have said it will probably be a year or so but I'm hoping to go back to work next spring,” she said. “What has struck me most is how common breast cancer is - I couldn't believe how many people it effects. Anyone who finds a lump in their breast should get it checked straightaway because it can come on so quickly.

On Sunday her brother Julian Holmes, brother-in-law Andy Coe, her sister's boyfriend Steve Munnings and family friend Julian Pennington each led a three person team around an assault course at Wantisden Hall for the Whole Hog charity fundraiser.

Miss Holmes, of Newton Road, Ipswich, is extremely grateful for their support and was in the crowd cheering them on.

She said: “They did really well, how they got through it I don't know. Some have even said they want to do it again next year.