Mum celebrates end of gruelling chemotherapy with inspiring ‘happy dance’ video
A mum-of-two who has completed six months of gruelling chemotherapy treatment celebrated the momentous occasion with a inspirational ‘happy dance’ clip.
Lisa Coxon finished her treatment last Friday after being diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in August.
The 35-year-old, who is a Staffordshire Police detective, lives with husband Jordan and young sons Ace, aged one, and Jax, aged five.
Lisa told the Stoke Sentinel : “I did my own version of the Mufasa Friday Dance video with the caption ‘coming out of chemo like’.
“The idea behind it is that I am doing a happy walk because I had finished my chemotherapy which had just happened to be on a Friday as well.
“I’m really shocked and didn’t expect it to be that well received. It was just something for me because normally when you finish chemo you ring a bell and there was no bell at Stafford County Hospital because some people are on it for life so they wouldn’t have the opportunity to do it.
“Doing this silly dance was my version of ringing the bell. I didn’t expect it would make people as happy as it has done. We had a lot of comments saying people felt really uplifted by it, it’s been really nice.”
The video has now had over 150,000 views.
Lisa discovered she had breast cancer when she was initially diagnosed with tennis elbow last May.
She then found a lump under her armpit.
An MRI scan found cancer had spread from her breast to the lymph node under her arm.
Lisa said: “I was on maternity at the time and that was all adding to my anxiety.
“My cancer had got quite bizarre features so they weren’t sure how I was going to respond to the chemo at first but luckily the cancer in the breast has responded really well.
“I’ve done six months of chemotherapy every three weeks. I’ve got to have surgery to have the lymph nodes removed because there is still cancer in the lymph nodes so I will have those removed and have a mastectomy.
“I’ve got to have the other breast removed as a preventative measure because of the high risk of it coming back and going to my ovaries. It’s a bit of a long road ahead.”
Lisa has thanked her friends and family for their support, saying she could not have coped if it hadn’t been for them.
She added: “It’s been an absolute whirlwind of a year but I’ve been really lucky because my husband has been amazing and my mum as well. I’ve got some brilliant friends who have dragged me through kicking and screaming.
“That support meant everything to me. I could not have got through the last six months if I hadn’t had my immediate family, my support bubble and childcare bubble.
“It was impossible to get out of bed some days let alone look after two small children and run a house and cook and do whatever else. My support system is the only reason that I am here today in a good mental frame of mind.
“Cancer and chemo infiltrates every layer of your life, it’s like a venom and it’s so difficult to try to hold onto yourself after the diagnoses and hold onto the person you were before.
“Trying to keep hold of the positive mindset and do that is enabling me to carry on this journey. I have such a long road ahead but I am taking it one stage at a time.
“I think a message I would give to people who are worried about their health and haven’t had a diagnosis is if you know there is something wrong go and get it checked out, that’s what the GPs are there for.”
Lisa is scheduled to have a mastectomy next month.
She added: “What we are hoping for is for me to be cured of cancer and to be able to move forward. The chemo has practically killed the cancer in the breast. I’ve still got it in the lymph node but we are hoping the surgery is going to take care of that and then possibly radiotherapy after the surgery.
“I’ve had a lot of time to get my head around that. I think I’m physically prepared for it. I understand what is going to happen and what it entails and the pain. If I could get through chemo I could get through anything else physically.
“Mentally it’s a big one to get my head around but for me it’s about the fact that I’m here, in whatever capacity that is. I am here for my boys and my family so anything else is not as important.”