Karen Blythe pictured
at Railway Street Presbyterian Church
last Sunday morning with her husband
Brian and their daughters Sophie and
Karen Blythe will give her reflections on 'living with cancer'
in an informal interview with the minister, the Rev Brian
Gibson, at a special service in Railway Street Presbyterian
Church next Sunday evening (9th December) at 6.30pm.
Lisburn woman Karen, who was diagnosed with breast cancer, will
tell her story of how she coped and how the whole experience of
living with cancer deepened her Christian faith. Karen will also
speak about the invaluable support she received from the
Ulster Cancer Foundation's Breast Cancer Support Group. In a
recent interview for the Ulster Star, Karen said that she has
been attending the group for a year after she and her sister
Sandra Mcllroy were diagnosed with breast cancer within 12 weeks
of each other. 'Throughout my treatment I was never afraid - I
knew what was ahead of me as Sandra pioneered each step for both
of us. However, as each person reacts differently to treatment,
I found the support groups run by UCF to be invaluable in
helping me cope physically and emotionally with my own cancer
journey,' she said. 'Sandra and I joined the Newry Breast Cancer
Support Group, which we both still attend regularly and I also
joined the Lavender Support Group. Attending these groups has
been an important part of my recovery as it has allowed me to
learn from and help other women who have been through a
Since Karen was diagnosed with breast cancer, her life has
started over again. 'I don't worry about the same things I used
to worry about,' she said. 'I enjoy life and don't put off until
tomorrow something which I can do today. Recovery from breast
cancer is possible. There is life after a cancer diagnosis.'
Come and hear Karen's story: everyone will be made most welcome.