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"I DON'T LIVE WITH IT, IT LIVES WITH ME"

When Nellie Archer was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, she refused to let it dominate her life – or stop her from doing the things she loves most

Nellie Archer, 50, from Bodmin, Cornwall, sometimes chooses to take various bits of memorabilia – or the odd bit of costume – along with her to her three weekly chemotherapy treatments. She’s usually got family members or close friends with her and they’ll always take a ‘selfie’ to put on Facebook. Next week [at the time of writing], her friend, Jenny, from her running club, will be coming along with her and they’re planning on bringing along their race medals from the notoriously tough 11-mile event at the Roseland August Trail (RAT) race, which they completed this summer, to honour Team GB and Paralympic GB on their amazing results from Rio 2016. “The reason I do that is to try to inspire people to think, ‘Cancer doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all to everything in my life,’” explains Nellie.

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