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It started with a lump on Cathy Perkins’ index finger. The viola player didn’t know what it was; nor did her GP. The eventual diagnosis in 2008 from the Christie cancer hospital in Manchester was melanoma – skin cancer – but after treatment all seemed well. Then in 2013, a routine scan showed it had come back and spread to her lungs.
“They came back with this really bad diagnosis of just a few weeks to live,” said Perkins. “I burst into tears. I packed in work on the spot. I just remember being incredibly angry that my planned retirement had gone pear-shaped.” Continue reading... The Guardian