Marching in memory of my husband
Janet has signed up to the Leeds March for Men with her son and daughter in law to march in memory of her husband.
When Janet found out about her husband Mike’s advanced prostate cancer diagnosis, she was devastated and shocked as Mike had always looked after his health.
'I didn’t expect it to be prostate cancer as there were no symptoms. After hearing the news, I read all could about prostate cancer, which made me feel as though I could do something about it. I also joined an online forum and talked to other people in the same situation.'
Now Janet is taking part in the Leeds March for Men with her son and daughter in law.
'Taking part on behalf of Mike is a way of making the most of a tragic situation – that way it feels like he didn’t die in vain,' says Janet. 'I want the money we raise to go towards research that will help understand different types of prostate cancer and how to treat them.'
The event will – in every sense – be a walk in the park for the 62-year-old, who does at least 10,000 steps a day and is a member of several local walking groups in her home town of Bingley, West Yorkshire.
When Mike was diagnosed, I found walking helped me relax and deal with the stress.
'I’ll often walk to a nearby town, which about 8 miles there and back,' says Janet. 'When Mike was diagnosed, I found walking helped me relax and deal with the stress of his diagnosis, and helped me to think.
'After a previous health problem of my own, my GP told me to build walking into my daily life as it was the best type of exercise. I am so pleased she did as I enjoy it so much.'
When asked what Mike would think about her doing the March, Janet says: 'He’d probably say, "what are you poking your nose into now?", as he always joked about me poking my nose into things.
'But then afterwards, I imagine he’d turn to my son and say, ‘I’m really proud of your mother.'