Issued on 5/2/18 at 9:24 a.m.
A PCSO from Wigston Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) has shared her inspirational story after battling with cancer twice.
Elaine Morton has recently starred in a new video created by NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELRCCG) to try and encourage people to seek medical help if they notice any unexplained changes to their body.
Elaine experienced an aggressive and extremely rare germ cell tumour at the age of 15 and was then diagnosed with breast cancer in her early thirties. On both occasions, she found it difficult to speak up and seek help from medics.
In the video, Elaine encourages people to not hide away like she did on the first occasion. She said: “If you can’t say it in words, then write it down… find someone to go with you… find a way so that you can get the help that you need. Sitting on cancer is not a safe option.”
More than one in three people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. In the UK, the four most common types of cancer are: breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and bowel cancer.
Elaine is now in remission after undergoing treatment at Glenfield Hospital, the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General, and is encouraging people to come forward. She said: “Lots of people are probably frightened of the treatment, but as you can see, you can get through two bouts of chemo, ten cycles, and neutropenic sepsis, and still be here.
“I don’t see my experience as anything special, but other people say I’ve been incredibly courageous. You just do what you have to do. I want to make sure no one else has to go through what I did. Being a PCSO has shown me how many vulnerable people there are out there who might be enabled to speak out if someone else does first and makes them feel less alone.”
Elaine’s inspirational video can be viewed on NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.