At the age of 15, when Helen was old
enough to have a test, doctors found polyps in her intestine
- if the growths are left unchecked they can develop
Three times a year Leicester Royal
Infirmary doctors removed them and , after finding the
polyps had become active, they removed her lower intestine.
The operation saved Helen's life.
"I was more upset that my dad
wasn't there to help me along with the feelings and
everything. My emotions have been all over the place.
When I came out I was only six stones and for the first
two weeks I couldn't eat, couldn't drink and was just
A colostomy bag was attached and a
pouch created inside her stomach. In January when she
had healed inside, the bag was removed. Now Helen is
checked annually by doctors in case the polyps move
to her throat.
Helen said her employer, Copper Beeches
Nursing Home in Melton has been very supportive in giving
her time off. She has also been helped by friends, family
and her partner Adam Slater.
Adam also from Melton, completed the
bike ride with Helen around Rutland Water and the pair
raised £220 for Cancer Research