MIDVALE mum Farrah Miller is set to conquer the Great Wall of China to raise funds for breast cancer research.
The mother-of-two was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer just 18 hours after the birth of her son Rhylan in 2016.
“The diagnosis was a crushing blow at a time that should have been filled with happiness and joy,” she said.
“Just 10 days into treatment, I had to stop breastfeeding.
“Shortly after, I lost my hair – not just on my head, but from everywhere.
“I was struggling to cope with the diagnosis, its treatment and immediate effects on my body, not to mention I was recovering from a c-section and parenting two babies.”
Over the past 18 months Ms Miller has undergone six months of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, 26 sessions of radiation and six surgeries.
Ms Miller said despite the challenges she was determined to complete the Great Wall of China Trek to help raise funds for National Breast Cancer Foundation.
“Having breast cancer closed a few doors in my life,” she said.
“But it wasn’t just the windows that opened – the ceiling lifted and I saw a sky so blue with limitless possibilities and I plan to explore as many as possible.
“I’m trekking the Great Wall of China to raise more awareness of the importance of early detection, as well as helping the Foundation get closer to their zero deaths by 2030 goal.”
Following her various course of treatments in recent years, Ms Miller is getting back on track with her fitness and will combine gym and yoga sessions to get her body ‘China Trek ready’ by May.
“It will be a big job but there will be no excuses and I won’t be letting breast cancer beat me down,” she added.
The Foundation’s Steps Towards Research: Great Wall of China is a five day trek across the Great Wall covering the north of China, Yellow Sea and Gobi Desert.