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Lynda Tavakoli was first diagnosed with cancer 25 years ago almost to the day

'Quite a number of my friends, who shared cancer with me, died when their own children were very small and they had full lives to look forward to... sometimes I have wondered why it is that I'm still here' 

Twenty-five years ago, almost to the day, I left my two young children in the care of a trusted friend and set off for a hospital visit that would unquestionably change my life. I will never forget the words that she spoke as she waved me off - something any good friend might say in fact: "Don't worry. Everything will be fine." But it wasn't. And those words have held a resonance with me ever since.

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