MoonWalk: Runner says ‘cancer picked wrong person’

Carn Peaston and her MoonWalk team. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Carn Peaston and her MoonWalk team. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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WHEN Carn Peaston was diagnosed with breast cancer last year she was determined not to let the disease win.

With a five-year-old son as her “little tonic” and friends and family rallying around, the 39-year-old from West Linton said she believed cancer had chosen the wrong person to pick on.

Tonight she will join thousands of other women power-walking the streets of the capital as part of the MoonWalk Edinburgh fundraising event for breast cancer.

Mrs Peaston was diagnosed in November last year with a rare type of breast cancer, known as medullary cancer, that only affects between 1-3 per cent of women with the disease.

“I am in the middle of my journey. I have just finished my chemotherapy and had further surgery and am due to start radiotherapy later this month,” she said. We are holding up every hope and we take one thing at a time. We just have to keep battling on as I have a five-year-old son Lachlan. He has been mummy’s little tonic.

“He’s such a brave wee boy. He is coping with so much.”

Getting the diagnosis at such a young age came as a complete shock to Mrs Peaston and her husband Andrew. She had no history of breast cancer in her family. But she said she was determined to beat the disease.

“This cancer is not going to win. It has picked the wrong person,” she said. “I have been given broad shoulders for a reason and this is one of them.”

Inspired by the care she has received from doctors and nurses at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh, Mrs Peaston decided to create “Carn’s Crew” to do the MoonWalk and give something back to the cause.

“I have just been so humbled by the treatment I have had at the Western General from the staff, as well as the support I have had from family and friends and charities linked to breast cancer. So I felt I wanted to give something back,” she said.

To donate to Carn’s Crew visit the web page at www.walkthewalkfundraising.org/carns_crew.