Breast Cancer Charity Ambassador
Laura Ashurst has started to speak publicly about the things that she has learned whilst living with cancer. She blogs about her experiences and receives a great deal of strength and support from writing down her thoughts.
Living in Stokesley, North Yorkshire with her husband Paul and two children, Megan and Jack she has been a cancer patient at The James Cook University Hospital for the last 17 years.
A large part of her professional career was spent in Further Education and she always had an interest in health and wellbeing. Laura coordinated and co-wrote a Foundation Degree in Complementary Therapy for the University of Teesside. This was the first of its kind in the North East in 2004.
As Laura continues to receive treatment for her cancer, her ability to work has been dramatically affected. She is now a volunteer visiting speaker for Breast Cancer Care and an Ambassador for Cancer Research UK for the Richmond (Yorks) constituency.
Becoming Friends with Hope
Laura’s story is one of hope and survival against the odds. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 34 when her daughter was 3 and her son was 6 months old, she tells an account of her experience of cancer and the impact that has had on her. Through psychological intervention and support Laura has learned to live more presently, understanding that it’s our vulnerabilities that makes us all human. As she feels hopeful once more and driven by her experience of cancer, she campaigns with cancer charities to try to make a difference for others.