Thank you for saving my life

Saddling up...Lucy Guiry.
Saddling up...Lucy Guiry.

A young woman has spoken of her cancer ordeal – that began with the discovery of a mole on her thigh.

Having just found her perfect job, at a local polo club, and moved out from home to start new adventures, Lucy Guiry, 22, could not have imagined how different life would become.

After months of going to doctors to check out the growing mole, and being assured there was nothing to worry about, she was given the option to have it cosmetically removed. Little did she realise that her life was about to change and this minor procedure would turn into a long and frightening battle with cancer.

Lucy was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in January 2014.

Since then Lucy, from North Cliffe, near Market Weighton, has endured over five operations. Initially a malignant mole was removed from her left thigh and later lymph nodes were also removed. Months of agonising operations and treatment followed, with Lucy and her family praying for good news after numerous scans.

It was at this intense time Lucy was put in contact with Macmillan. Not knowing what to expect, only aware that Macmillan supported cancer sufferers from an older generation, it came as a pleasant surprise and great relief that Macmillan were able to offer support to all age groups. Sue and Margaret her Macmillan nurses, helped arrange appointments, provided much needed advice, completed complicated forms and helped the whole family at their most difficult time.

Lucy, who is now 23-years-old, said: “Macmillan have supported me emotionally and physically. Helping me every step of the way. I don’t think I could have done it without them. I was young and relatively fit and healthy, but the cancer and treatment made me struggle every day and all I wanted to do was sleep. Macmillan helped me with appointments and made everything simple for both me and my mum, who was looking after me”.

After twelve gruelling months, Lucy has had the all clear. She continues to have medical check ups on a regular basis and is part of a medical trial to prevent the cancer recurring. Macmillan continues to support her recovery going forward.

She now wants to thank the Macmillan nurses that helped her by using her love of polo and raising funds at the White Rose Polo Ladies’ Day.

To highlight the amazing work Macmillan does, White Rose Polo Club, where Lucy works, has dedicated the main event to Macmillan on its Annual Charities Ladies’ Day. Held at the club on 2 August, spectators are treated to a fun-packed day with polo, delicious food, a champagne tent, retail stalls and a fashion show on horseback.

One of the highlights of the day will be the Pro-Am Challenge. This competition sees six beginners’ turn into fully fledged polo players within several weeks of intensive polo training. Lucy was the first to sign up to this challenge of a lifetime to raise funds for Macmillan.

Claudia Aylott, Managing Director of White Rose Polo Club, said: “We are delighted to be raising money for Macmillan at our special Ladies’ Day and are thrilled Lucy will be taking part in the challenging Pro-Am tournament. She is one very brave lady and we support her all the way.”

White Rose Polo Club Ladies’ Day will also be supporting and fundraising for charity Mind HEY.

Tickets for the event are £15 when bought in advance by calling Tanya Maude, event organiser, on 01430 875767 / 07788754851 or tickets are £20 on the day.

• Turn to page 7 to read about a Pocklington musician who has also overcome cancer and has released a new CD.