Mum blogs about her year-long cancer battle

Janine Taylor, 34, with her 14-month-old son Mason

Janine Taylor, 34, with her 14-month-old son Mason

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JANINE Taylor was four months pregnant when she found a lump in her right breast.

Three weeks after giving birth to a baby boy, her worst fears were realised when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Janine with step-daughter Kiera Jayne, son Mason, and husband Steve SUS-160126-171749001

Janine with step-daughter Kiera Jayne, son Mason, and husband Steve SUS-160126-171749001

After spending the ‘worst Christmas’ 2014 telling family and friends, Janine’s treatment began, and five months of chemotherapy was followed by a mastectomy of her right breast and then radiotherapy.

Now in recovery and a parent to a happy and healthy 14-month old Mason, Janine has started a blog about her experience and is on a fundraising mission for Cancer Research.

“Not long after I first found the lump I was in agony. I had to go to the doctors eight times before I was believed,” said Janine, 34, who grew up in Southbourne and now lives on Hayling Island.

“On the eighth time I went absolutely mental and refused to leave until they finally referred me to hospital. The doctor said it could be mastitis but I knew I wasn’t right.”

At last year's Race for Life, where friends wore 'racing for Janine' t-shirts

At last year's Race for Life, where friends wore 'racing for Janine' t-shirts

Janine was only two weeks from her due date when the third biopsy at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth came back inconclusive, though she was told by a consultant it was likely she had cancer.

“He didn’t have to tell me, I knew and I’d always known since the lump appeared,” Janine wrote in her blog.

She said the ‘hardest part’ was telling her teenage step-daughter.

A week later she was induced so treatment could begin, and three weeks after the birth she cried as she had to hand over her baby for the first time to undergo surgery.

Jeremy Kyle is the first celebrity to send back a signed pair of underwear

Jeremy Kyle is the first celebrity to send back a signed pair of underwear

Doctors found a 12cm tumour and her cancer was at an advanced Stage Three, making treatment urgent.

After five months of ‘barbaric’ chemotherapy the tumour, along with her right breast was removed.

Janine said: “I lost most of my hair during the last stage of chemo but it’s now grown back to around three inches.

“It might sound strange but I cared more about losing my hair than I did about losing my breast.”

Wearing pink for last year's Race for Life. Janine is hoping to take part this year

Wearing pink for last year's Race for Life. Janine is hoping to take part this year

Janine’s cancer is now deemed ‘non-active’ and her main treatment has finished, though she will continue to have injections every three weeks until May.

She says her husband Steve and sister Danielle have been her ‘rock’, along with friends and family who have kept her smiling throughout her year-long ordeal.

Last year they surprised her by running the Race for Life sporting ‘racing for Janine’ t-shirts - an event she is planning to take part in this year.

Now feeling much better, she is putting her energy into organising a charity ball on Hayling Island at the end of the year.

She is planning to auction off signed celebrity bras and boxers (unworn), and on Tuesday she received her first item - a signed pair of boxer shorts from TV chatshow host Jeremy Kyle.

To read Janine’s blogs, and see how businesses and individuals can help her raise money, visit her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Pantsandbrastocancer

With sister Danielle Greenway, her 'rock'

With sister Danielle Greenway, her 'rock'

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Janine's step-daughter Kiera Jane with her brother Mason when he was first born

Janine's step-daughter Kiera Jane with her brother Mason when he was first born