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Great Grandmother Beat Cancer Five Times

by Kathy Jones on January 21, 2011 at 9:39 PM
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 Great Grandmother Beat Cancer Five Times

A great grandmother from Leeds became a minor celebrity after completing 100 years as she beat cancer five times.

Ellen McDonald was first diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1950s and underwent double mastectomy. A few years later she was diagnosed with gall bladder cancer but successfully recovered after her gall bladder was removed to prevent the cancer from spreading.

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McDonald came closest to giving up when she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 1963 with doctors giving up hope and even calling up a priest for the final rites. However she refused to give up and told the priest that she was a fighter and once again beat back the disease.

"I can remember a priest was in the room standing over me and he was reading passages from the Bible and there was somebody else there who was crying. But I told them I am a fighter and I managed to pull through. I made it through because of my fighting spirit and the skill of the surgeons who performed the operations to remove the areas where the cancer had struck", she said.



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