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A nurse who was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer managed to turn her life around by taking up running after she beat the disease.

Jacqui Bryceland, from Stirling, was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago and underwent treatment for 6 months months, including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an operation to remove the tumour.

The news came as a huge shock to Jacqui, who was approaching her 50th birthday and had planned a whole list of challenges to complete to mark her 50th year.

Jacqui had planned to take on some of the challenges with her son Daniel, 37, but was forced to pull out due to her diagnosis.

She went through intensive chemotherapy sessions, where she lost her hair and battled illness and the side effects, before undergoing an operation and radiotherapy, finishing her treatment on Christmas Eve.

The scene was a role reversal for Jacqui, who found herself as a patient in the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert where she works as a Lead nurse.

Following her recovery, she decided to use her battle as a positive after being inspired by Daniel's fundraising efforts when he walked the West Highland Way and raised £3,000 for charity.

Jacqui signed up to her local gym in a mission to get fit and decided to sign up to the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run on Saturday 13 January as part of her New Year kickstarter.

Since taking up her training, Jacqui has lost three stone in total, transforming herself into a runner and avid fundraiser.

Following her 5k run in Edinburgh, she will then go onto climb Kilimanjaro with her son in the summer, raising money for Breast Cancer Care.

Jacqui, now 51, also hopes to raise awareness about the fact that women should not be defined by breast cancer.

She said: “Around two years ago, I started thinking about doing fifty things to do in my fiftieth year as a bit of a challenge to celebrate my birthday.

“I wanted to do a lot of these with my son Daniel who was in the military. I was unfit and always knew that doing something like this would make him proud.

“I had an ambition to take part in a running event but then I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It was a complete shock to me when I found a lump on my right breast and the scans revealed that it was an aggressive form.

“It was a rare form and the tumour was around 7cm in size so I underwent chemotherapy to shrink the size first.

“The treatment took its toll over the four months. I knew I would lose my hair but I did not expect the other side effects, which knocked me physically and mentally.

“Following radiotherapy and a biopsy, I was finally declared cancer free in February 2016.

“Daniel went on to walk an event and raised thousands of pounds for charity and it made me think, I need to sort myself out.

"I joined a gym and took up running. I have never looked back!"”

Jacqui will join over 3,000 people for the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Run in Holyrood Park at the start of 2018.

The 5k run features a scenic route starting and finishing near to Holyrood Palace and passing the famous Arthur's Seat.

Jacqui added: “The difference in me from when I first finished my treatment to now is unbelievable. Exercise and running has given me a new lease of life.

“Physically now I am in a much better place as I couldn't run up the stairs before and now I am taking on a 5k run and climbing Africa's biggest mountain in 2018!

“I've also gone from 11 stone to eight stone which is an added bonus!

“Emotionally I was supported by a lot of charities while I was a patient so I wanted to offer something to both Breast Cancer Care and the Oncology Unit at Forth Valley Royal.”

To support Jacqui's fundraising for Breast Cancer Care, click here.

Entries for the Simplyhealth Great Edinburgh Winter Run are open. Enter at: Greatrun.org/Winter